Congressman J. Randy Forbes (Rep., VA-04) and Congressman Mike McIntyre (Dem., NC-07), Co-Chairmen of the bipartisan Congressional Prayer Caucus, announced today that the Caucus's membership has reached the milestone of 100 Members. The purposes of the Congressional Prayer Caucus are to 1) recognize the vital role that prayer by individuals of all faiths has played in uniting us as a people and in making us a more generous, more cooperative, and more forgiving people than we might otherwise have been; 2) collect, exchange, and disseminate information about prayer as a fundamental and enduring feature of American life; 3) utilize the legislative process -- both through sponsorship of affirmative legislation and through opposition to detrimental legislation -- to assist the nation and its people in continuing to draw upon and benefit from this essential source of our strength and well-being.
"Our nation was founded on the solid conviction that all men were endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; the faith that inspired our inception carried us through the struggles of establishing independence, developing our form of government, and prevailing in trying times. Yet across America, faith has come under attack, often disguised in the celebrated subtlety of political correctness. In response, the nearly one-in-four Members of Congress that comprise the Congressional Prayer Caucus are working to preserve the presence of religion, faith, and morality in the marketplace of ideas. The strength and size of this bipartisan Caucus is a testament to the importance of our nation's Judeo-Christian heritage that is worth defending," said Forbes.
"Now more than ever, our nation must turn back to prayer as the source of our strength, knowledge, and direction. By reaching this historic milestone, Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus are joining together to seek that common good that unites us as a nation. The true source of prayer is not found in the halls of Congress, or in the Oval Office of the West Wing, or in the chambers of the Supreme Court -- but rather it is found on our knees before the throne of grace of Almighty God. Prayer has always been at the foundation of the United States, and the Congressional Prayer Caucus will keep working and growing to preserve this bedrock belief," said McIntyre.
In 2005, Congressman Forbes gathered a small group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives who began meeting in Room 219 of the Capitol to pray for our nation, which they still do today. These Members later formed the Congressional Prayer Caucus -- an official Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives -- to formally acknowledge the important role that prayer plays in American life and history and to monitor and work to guard the right of individuals in America to pray. Currently, Congressman Forbes and Congressman McIntyre serve as the Co-Chairmen of this Caucus, which has grown to a bipartisan group of 100 Members dedicated to protecting religious liberty and recognizing our nation's rich, spiritual history.