Anger as Jesus reference removed from New Zealand parliamentary prayer

Christians descend on Wellington to protest decision of Labour speaker Trevor Mallard to omit the name

Since taking over the role in November last year, Labour’s Trevor Mallard has dropped any reference to Jesus in the prayer which opens the start of every session.

Mallard said he wanted to make the prayer more inclusive for all parliamentarians and the tweak was a “compromise”.

A reference to “almighty god” remains, but it is not a specific reference to a Christian god.

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