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Prayers of Medieval Politics In the US Congress

Last week, before the business of the the House of Representatives was allowed to begin, Reverend Kenneth L. Simon of New Bethel Baptist Church in Youngstown, Ohio rose to give the following, the official congressional prayer of the day:

“Gracious God, we come thanking You today for all of Your blessings and the privilege You have given each of us to serve You by serving Your people. We thank You for our President, Barack Obama, who You have called and appointed to lead this Nation for such a time as this.”

This prayer was not merely a religious ritual. It contained a political message straight out of Medieval Times. It reaffirmed the ancient political philosophy referred to by historians as the divine right of kings. This political theory claims that leaders are not accountable to the people over whom they exercise power, because leaders are chosen by God.

It’s unnerving that such prayers are routinely presented before the U.S. Congress, as an official act of government. Yes, it’s an unconstitional violation of the First Amendment, which clearly states that Congress must not engage in any action that establishes religion, as these prayers do. Beyond that problem, the nature of prayers such as the one made by Reverend Simon last week are a problem.

I shudder to think of the impact it could have upon members of Congress to be told, day after day, that they have been personally chosen by God, and that the government of the United States of America exists to enforce the will of God.

6 comments to Prayers of Medieval Politics In the US Congress

  • Tom

    Such a crock . . .

  • Anonymous

    If you believe in a soverign God who acts on Earth then the fact thqat anyone is where they are is because of Him. I believe that a soverign God has placed you her at Irregular Times. Every breath you take to spew blasphemy is allowed by God Himself… God’s hand does not stop at the curtains to the voting cube. Yep, he iseven powerful enough to be present in Washington…

  • Jacob

    My religion has done this???

    Why is it then that my religion cant be taught in school or even prayers are not allowed?

    Why is it that abortion is allowed?
    Why is it that gay marriage is allowed?
    If my religion took over Washington you would know…
    What you have is a false front Christian ‘religion’ built into the tradition that has nothing to do with real religion. Its about as important to most of Congress as the pledge of allegance is to kindergartners.

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