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Holy Hypocrisy in the U.S. Congress

“As we approach this next recess, and the celebration of the birth of our Nation, bless our great Nation, and keep it faithful to its ideals, its hopes, and its promise of freedom in our world.
Bless us this day and every day, and may all that is done within the people’s House be for Your greater honor and glory.
Amen.”

This prayer was spoken yesterday as the first daily act of Congress by Patrick J. Conroy, who has the taxpayer-supported job of official high priest of the U.S. House of Representatives, a position that has always been reserved exclusively for Christian religious leaders.

The promise of freedom in our world from the USA comes not from any deity, or church, or preacher, but from our Bill of Rights, which begins with the following words: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”.

You can pray until your face turns blue, Mr. Conroy, but there is no deity that can undo the hypocrisy of your prayer, and of the Civic Religion upon which it depends.

2 comments to Holy Hypocrisy in the U.S. Congress

  • JeffD

    I guess I totally miss what law congress made.

    • J Clifford

      I guess you do. How about the law establishing the office of Chaplain of the U.S.House of Representatives, and allocating it the financial and other resources by which it operates?

      How about the legislative rules established , that make the Civic Religion prayer ritual the first daily official government in the House, controlled throughout the history of the post only by Christians?

      How about , the legislation establishing the committee in the House that is granted the power to select which religious official will be selected for the job?

      Come on, Jeff. Think it through.

      Think about the entire system of legislation creating the lower House of Congress. When a Christian-only religious official is established and allowed special access, influence, and organizational power in Congress, every law passed by Congress regards the establishment of religion to some extent.

      Everything that Congresd does is established by LAW, Jeff. Nothing happens in Congress without laws allowing it to happen.

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