In the struggle between constitutional liberty and Christian theocracy, the official, government-paid Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives is taking sides. The Chaplain, Catholic priest Daniel P. Coughlin, is urging the Republicans who will control the House beginning in January to start a new program of theocratic legislation that will make Americans’ private spiritual affairs accountable to public law.
Yesterday, in his daily supposed “prayer”, a thinly-veiled political speech addressed to his Christian god, Chaplain Coughlin called upon the supernatural powers of his deity to bend the 112th Congress into a tool of big government religion, legislating spirituality. Coughlin made his challenge clear, demanding that Congress openly pass laws in order to control religious practice: “Make this Congress strong because it is unafraid to admit to Your people that our real difficulties are not merely economic. Our true battles are spiritual, and they can no longer be solved simply with money or by manipulation!”
The legislative “battle” that Coughlin outlined for the 112th Congress had a single “holistic purpose”: “lead us to seek You with wonder and gratitude both now and forever.” Legislating Christianity forever – will the 112th Congress comply with the religious demands of the Chaplain of the House of Representatives?