Georgia lawmakers are used to fire-and-brimstone preachers at the start of each day’s legislative session. But a particularly scorching prayer prompted one legislator to question whether it violated the separation of church and state.
The House chaplain of the day, Doyle Kelley, was fraught with emotion throughout his 10-minute prayer on Tuesday. It was the one-year anniversary of his heart attack. And he was overcome with pride at his son, state Rep. Trey Kelley, a Cedartown Republican who introduced him. Much like other opening prayers, Kelley quoted from the Bible and invoked Jesus Christ. But it was near the end of his sermon when he ventured into searing territory: