State Senate Opens With A Buddhist Invocation

November 29, 2007

Author: Bradley Vasoli

Source: The Bulletin

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania state Senate opened with a Buddhist prayer on Tuesday, and the sensei who delivered the invocation endorsed the right of governmental bodies to pray communally.

Sensei Anthony Stultz, of Harrisburg, said he believes that as long as prayers preceding government business are not oriented toward proselytizing and are not performed to the exclusion of minority faiths, officials should welcome them.

Drew Crompton, legal counsel to Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), said that the chamber affirms the legal soundness of allowing prayer and of respecting the diversity of clergy who wish to offer prayers to begin proceedings.