Last night I was watching the Rachel Maddow Show and was overjoyed she quoted from an LGBT news publication, Dallas Voice. I immediately tweeted it through QNotes and RT’ed. (h/t goes to Queerty for the video.

The quote comes in at about 7 min. 10 sec.

scottjonesThe Dallas Voice blog points out that the Rev. Scott Jones (pictured right) was invited to give the opening prayer for the Oklahoma State House of Representatives. Jones originally reported the story at his blog, including the fact that at the end of the day, a Republican objected to including Jones’ remarks in the record.

Twenty representatives, including the infamously anti-gay Sally Kern, voted against including the pastor’s remarks. From the DV blog:

“It was an interesting moment, and rather chaotic,” Jones wrote on MyQuest. “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 to?’ 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 … “

Sixty-four voted in favor of including the remarks. Twenty against. The total number of those scrambling out of the room? Many of them are surely included in the 17 representatives “excused” from the vote. (click here for voting records, scroll to Feb. 11).

Some where along their life paths, these 20 elected officials somehow forgot one of Christ’s most important lessons: “Love one another, as I have loved you.”