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Prayer debate in Minnesota Senate


ST. PAUL, Minn. (WKOW) -- A Jewish Minnesota state senator is asking her colleagues to allow only nondenominational prayers at the beginning of senate sessions. 

Democratic Sen. Terri Bonoff wants the state's senate majority leader, Amy Koch, to require that prayers be nondenominational. Senator Koch had previously submitted a letter to visiting chaplains "requesting," rather than "requiring," nondenominational prayers. 

Senator Bonoff said she felt uncomfortable on Monday when a Baptist pastor referred to "Jesus Christ" and "Christianity" repeatedly. 

So far, senators Bonoff and Koch have not had any direct interaction. 

Bonoff has received some support from other Jewish senators. But she is facing resistance from Republicans in the senate who don't believe lawmakers should be able to censor prayer.

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