The Bloody Trees of Benny Tate
Every morning that the U.S. House of Representatives is in session, it opens its day with a religious prayer. Those who promote this mixture of Church and State claim that these prayers provide much needed guidance to members of Congress.
If that’s so, what kind of guidance was provided by yesterday’s official government prayer? It was delivered by Pastor Benny Tate of the Rock Springs Church in Milner, Georgia. In the middle of the prayer, out of the blue, Tate declared,
What does that mean? Did Tate mean that the sons and daughters of trees engage in a blood sacrifice to feed their parents, once every generation? It’s more likely that Tate was trying to create a metaphor that justifies going to war at least once a generation.
But what do the trees have to do with it? Are American soldiers out there on the battlefield, killing and being killed for the sake of trees? Who collects their blood to water the trees, and how come I’ve never seen anyone watering the trees on my street with soldier blood? Do they do it at night?
How, then, do these trees provide the freedom that we need to pay for? Does freedom grow on trees?
If anyone can show me how the wisdom of Benny Tate’s prayer became manifest in the work of Congress yesterday, I’d appreciate it. Even more, this weird prayer has me wondering what kind of bizarre religious rituals are they doing down there at Tate’s church. Blood spilling tree worship? If any whistle blowers from the Rock Springs Church are ready to spill the juice, so to speak, I promise to protect their identities – and the identities of their trees.