“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.
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.