Republican Rep. Randy Weber of Texas tearfully begged God to forgive America for same-sex marriage and legal abortions on April 26 inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (video below).
Weber's prayer on behalf of 300 million people was part of the annual "Washington -- A Man of Prayer" event that was sponsored by The Jefferson Gathering, a group created by Pastor Jim Garlow’s Skyline Church in San Diego, reports Right Wing Watch.
Weber was one of 20 members of Congress who led the event in prayer.
Weber choked back tears as he prayed for what he believes are the sins of America, which included kicking the Bible out of public schools:
Lord, I'm confessing several of the sins our nation has been so embolden to embark upon ... Lord, we have endeavored to try and kick your word out of public schools. Father, we have endeavored to take the Bible out of classrooms, the Ten Commandments off the walls.
Oh, Lord, forgive us. Father, we think we’re so smart, we have replaced your word and your precepts with drug-sniffing dogs, with metal detectors, with uniformed police officers in our schools. Oh, Lord, forgive us.
Father, we have trampled on your holy institution of holy matrimony and tried to rewrite what it is and we’ve called it an alternate lifestyle. Father, oh Father, please forgive us!
Lord, we have gone to killing the most innocent amongst us. Your servant Moses warned in Deuteronomy 30:19 for us to choose life so that we and all our descendants might live. Father, we’re killing our descendants and we’re calling it a choice! Oh, God in heaven, forgive us, please.
As matter of Biblical record, Deuteronomy 30:19 does not mention abortion and was not addressed to present-day America, but was specifically addressed to the Israelites nearly 2,000 years ago.
Bibles are not banned from public schools, notes the ACLU website:
Because the Establishment Clause does not apply to purely private speech, students enjoy the right to read their Bibles or other scriptures, say grace before meals, pray before tests, and discuss religion with other willing student listeners.
In the classroom students have the right to pray quietly except when required to be actively engaged in school activities (e.g., students may not decide to pray just as a teacher calls on them).
School-sponsored prayer and school-sponsored Bible readings were banned by the U.S. Supreme Court in two rulings in 1962 and 1963, The Christian Science Monitor reported in 2013.
The news site added that there is likely more religion in public schools than ever before with after-school programs, ministry clubs, interfaith programs, club ministries and faith-based services.