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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?

family circusHere’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.

6 comments to Congress, Family Circus And The Impotence Of Prayer

  • t ball

    Thank goodness good Republicans like Schweikert are working hard to keep the government focused on only the most crucial tasks.

  • JJ

    That’s the awesome thing about having a relationship with God! It energizes a person to do EVERYTHING for His glory, even things that others might call “mundane.” Now if we could just get the rest of the members of Congress to figure that out, we’d be good.

    • So, then, giving kickbacks to corporate donors with special legislative favors would be for the glory of God! That’s so cool!

      • JJ

        To what specifically are you referring, Peregrin? Misuse of taxpayer dollars does not glorify God, but I need more specifics to know what you’re calling a “kickback.”

        • But you said we could do EVERYTHING for the glory of God! If giving a dead comic strip writer a postage stamp is included, why not a little corruption? They’ve done it in the Vatican City, after all.

          Do you need to know the specifics of a kickback to know that, once the Congressional High Priest has performed his government prayer ritual, EVERYTHING that the Congress does must fall within the magical power of that prayer?

          If Reverend Conroy asked God to make every action in the U.S. House of Representatives that day, no matter how trivial or counterproductive, a way of honoring God (and not honoring a cartoonist), then it must be so… or public prayer must be a powerless tool in which people just get up and are really making conspicuous displays of how religious they are.

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