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Kick Thine Enemy

I can’t be entirely certain, but I’m pretty sure that kicking a photographer for taking a picture during a prayer is not what Jesus would do.

Carrying a family Bible, a state representative-elect kicked a photographer who took a picture of him during a statehouse prayer — then was sworn into office.

Douglas Bruce went to the House floor Monday morning as a guest of Rep. Kent Lambert, a fellow Colorado Springs Republican.

When Rocky Mountain News photographer Javier Manzano took his photo during the traditional morning prayer, Bruce, who was standing, brought the sole of his shoe down hard on the photographer’s bent knee.

“Don’t do that again,” Bruce told him.

Later, Bruce refused to apologize.

“I think that’s the most offensive thing I’ve seen a photographer do in 21 years,” he said. “If people are going to cause a disruption during a public prayer, they should be called for it. He owes an apology to the House and the public.”

Rocky Mountain News Editor John Temple said the photographer had a right to take Bruce’s picture. Temple said he would speak with House leadership.

Well, if that’s the way it’s gonna be, then Hindu cleric Rajan Zed would have been within his rights to deck the whole group of protesters who disrupted his delivery of the morning invocation in the Senate last year.

Or maybe it’s only Christian prayers that should never be disrupted, and the sanctity of which is to be defended with a swift kick. In that case, the photographer is lucky Bruce didn’t clobber him with his family bible.

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