My Prayer for the Legislature
Yesterday's Really Good News

20 voted against my prayer

It was very exciting saying the prayer, and I was nervous, which is not usual for me when public speaking.  You can read the prayer below.

I stayed throughout the rest of the session, sitting next to Al.  Various legislators, Republican and Democrat, came by to thank me and say nice things about the prayer. 

The session was interesting and it was fun to be sitting next to Richard Morrisette, who led most of the Democratic debate during the afternoon.

At the end of the session, Al made the rather routine motion of having my prayer entered into the record.  It was objected to by one of the Republicans and was then taken to a recorded vote.  20 legislators voted against entering my remarks into the record.  You can find the official record on-line, here

And here are the names of those who voted no:

NAYS:   20

Blackwell          Faught             Moore              Ritze             

Christian          Johnson            Murphey            Sanders           

Coody              Kern               Osborn             Terrill           

Duncan             Key                Ownbey             Thomsen           

Enns               Liebmann           Reynolds           Wright, J.   


It was an interesting moment, and rather chaotic.  One legislator commented, "We always enter the remarks."  Others wanted to read what I had said, and came over to where I was and read my hard copy and kept saying, "What are they objecting too?"  Others came over to apologize.  One legislator made a point of order to remind colleagues that if they were in the room, they had to vote, at which some of them fled, as some of the colleagues pointed out. 


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I am sorry that happened. It's a shame. If any good comes of it, hopefully some of the others realize how ridiculous some of their fellows are.

Kelly Moore

Scott, that's the weirdest thing I've ever heard. Wow. I read your prayer earlier today and found it truly hopeful and moving.

Oklahoma is blessed to have Scott Jones.


Maybe they objected to that "cast down the powerful" line?

Rob Abiera

"at which some of them fled"


Disgusted American

...well no#1 - I have NOTHING to do with any religion anymore

no#2 - this just goes to show what Neanderthals these weirdos are...see, their GOD is a BIGOT.

no#3...and this makes me NEVER Feel sorry for Oklahomo,when I hear about Tornados Ravaging them! As an American citizen, I'd NEVER go to that state EVER!


I love this state, its history, its people, and its promise. So, I take issue with your response.


I don't think there should be any appeals to mythical beings in the halls of our secular government. All prayers should be voted against.

But I'll at least give you credit for shaking up the ignorant gay-haters.

John Kalhoefer

For the convenience of anyone who'd like to express views on this:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Nelson G.

(downloadable, embeddable)

can't find video or audio of the vote, i wonder why...

joe quigley

Scott was one of the STP (same ten people) who went regularly to the OKC School Board to advocate for Gay Kids. What he did was so him.



Looks like time for us to go to the board again, what with all the new people. Maybe we can make something happen?


Kern's Krew is a Collection of Peeping Toms


There is not a better argument against prayer as a function of government then the very intolerance you witnessed.

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