Congress, Family Circus And The Impotence Of Prayer
Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, the government-paid High Priest of the U.S. House of Representatives, got up to do his job on Friday morning, offering an official government Christian prayer for everybody in Congress, whether they’re Christians or not.
It was just one more installment of a daily violation of the separation of church and state. It was also, however a test of the power of prayer.
In his Friday prayer, Reverend Conroy made a specific request: “Almighty God of the Universe… may all that is done within these hallowed Halls be for Your greater honor and glory.”
So, was everything that was done in House of Representatives done for the greater honor and glory of Conroy’s Christian god?
Here’s the entire legislative business of the House of Representatives after Conroy’s prayer that day:
U.S. Representative David Schweikert proposed a non-binding resolution that suggests, but does not require, the U.S. Postal Service to print a postage stamp honoring… Bil Keane, the guy who drew the Family Circus cartoon.
Unless we believe that Bil Keane is part of the Christian trinity… or quaternity… it looks like Reverend Conroy’s prayer struck out.