The prayers offered at the start of each day's legislative session are supposed to be ecumenical and not political. But every once in a while some invited pastor doesn't follow the guidelines. In 1996, former Wichita pastor Joe Wright prayed a political prayer that has been widely circulated on the Internet. Last Thursday, Father James Gordon of St. John Vianney in Maple Hill near Topeka used the prayer time to lobby against abortion and same-sex marriage and for religious freedom. Some pastors may think it compromises their integrity to not speak out on certain issues. But if that's the case, there is a simple solution: Don't accept the invitation to pray. As Wichitan Thomas Witt, the executive director of the Kansas Equality Coalition, responded to Gordon's prayer: "Using prayer to launch political attacks against one's opponents is unacceptable."