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Thanks For This Terrible World, You Loving God, Says Chaplain Patrick Conroy

Yesterday, the House of Representatives witnessed a twisting knot of self-contradiction from Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, the government-established, First Amendment busting, Chaplain of the lower house of Congress. Chaplain Conroy prayed:

“Loving God, we give You thanks for giving us another day.”

Thanks to God, for another day. Well, that’s positive, isn’t it? God loves us! What evidence is there of that love? Patrick Conroy explained as he continued his prayer:

“The attention of our Nation is drawn toward a raging tragedy. We are torn by aversion to a repeat of years of military engagement while compelling narratives unfold in so many places around our world.”

Oh dear, how awkward. That all-powerful, all-seeing, all-knowing god all of a sudden doesn’t seem very loving any more. The world that this god created and continues to control is dominated by war and other forms of cruelty. Another day of a god-given disaster of humanity.

How can we reconcile this inconsistency? The simplest way to overcome this problem is simply to acknowledge what Patrick J. Conroy is unwilling to consider: Maybe all this stuff that priests and preachers tell us about the God who is going to, sometime in the future, make every nasty thing all right, in a mysterious way that none of us understand, is simply a load of made up babble.

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2 thoughts on “Thanks For This Terrible World, You Loving God, Says Chaplain Patrick Conroy”

  1. Bruce Nappi says:


    I’m commenting to suggest a new direction for you and the Irregular Times team to think about. And yes, it’s related to this post.

    The message, that all of the religions of the world are hypocritical, has been made 10 million times since the time of the Enlightenment. There are numerous organization devoted strictly to making this case, like the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which I’ve been an on and off member of since it formed in the 1970s. So the big question is: how can humans keep denying all the proofs they are given? That’s what my research has figured out. But my research also explains, ironically, that my discoveries will ALSO be ignored just as all the proofs against the existence of gods are ignored. And the saddest part is that, not only will religious people ignore what I’ve discovered, but social leaders, academics, and the public at large, including most bloggers.

    Most people don’t place truth at as high a priority as they tell themselves they do. Their primary need is to find others like themselves who will listen to and accept what they have to say. They need this because they interpret acceptance as affirmation that they really do understand the world. They need this, in turn, to quell a deep seated fear of rejection inside themselves that subconsciously tells them that rejection would lead to their abandonment by the world – ultimately leading to death. This is the most fundamental psychological drive in the human mind.

    I’m suggesting a new path for you. How can we pull together all those who HAVE already accepted that religion is false, that accept that science can open doors to true understanding, and move forward AS A COMMUNITY?

    Let me be clear about my assumptions. World society is NOT GOING TO MAKE IT in anything like the current form. The long waits for collapse, predicted in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s have now timed out. The population crashes have started and will not stop until the carrying capacity of the planet is reached. What I’m suggesting for you is to help plot the path for the new COMMUNITY to survive the crashes and emerge with a new culture that doesn’t just propagate the old tyrannies.

  2. peregrin wood says:

    Bruce, I agree with you in the main. I am not concerned about establishing the truth. I am concerned instead simply with witnessing the incoherence and therefore the effective uselessness of the chaplaincy in the US Congress. The chaplain does not help politicians in their work in Congress. The Chaplin is only there to promote his religion.

    I do disagree with your emphasis on community. As I see it, community is not something singular that we can build. It is an artifact from smaller societies that does not apply well to ours. I am more interested in defending the right of people to, equally under the law, pursue diverse opinions and beliefs.

    I also seek to do the simple thing of stating that the chaplain has no place in Congress because of the clear separation of church and state that is mandated by the First Amendment. This is not a new complaint but it is one that must be made until it is attended to.

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