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The U.S. Senate, For Two-Thirds Of America, All Of The Time

Yesterday, the United States Senate performed its officially-established ritual of Christian worship, led by the Christian priest Barry C. Black, who stood at the center of the floor of the Senate and invoked an invisible supernatural ruler, asking this being to take power over the United States. Black called out:

congress dark“Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were formed or the Earth received its frame, You are and have been without beginning or ending. Thank You for the heartbeats we borrow each day. May Your life-sustaining power inspire our lawmakers to trust Your sovereignty… Rule and reign in Your world in spite of the prevalence of pathology and sin.”

This kind of thing happens every day that the United States Senate is open for business.

According to the Pew Forum On Religion And Public Life:

– 33 percent of Americans are not affiliated with any religion
– Only 50 percent of Americans participate in religious rituals even once per month
– Only 53 percent of Americans say that religion is very important

Given these statistics, and the fact that the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”, why is the U.S. Congress opened with a Christian religious ritual every day?

10 thoughts on “The U.S. Senate, For Two-Thirds Of America, All Of The Time”

  1. Charles Manning says:

    Do you see in Black’s comments the idea of the Second Coming? If people a Second Coming of Christ (or any divine figure) had occurred, followers of the figure would obviously stop paying allegiance to human-led government. Democracy would be trashed by such people (reminds me of ISIL). I think it’s important whether our leaders have no doubt that there will be a Second Coming and are therefore ready to discard our government if someone convinces them that he/she is God incarnate. Black seems to me to be hinting at that without actually stating it, but the Lord’s prayer is a more straight-forward expression of the idea. I think belief in the ineluctable Second Coming accounts for the imposition of religion by means of the Senate’s ritual.

    What do you think?

    1. Charles Manning says:

      “If people thought a Second Coming . . .” [Sorry]

  2. Jason says:

    Maybe it’s back to the idea of the rules applying to the peons and not to the Princes?

    I believe stats show that the numbers of “True Believers” is much higher in Congress (both houses) than in the population as a whole.

    Why not have a “moment of silence” where each individual can pray as they see fit (or meditate or whatever) to cover any religion or no religion silently and privately?

    And what is it that the Bible says public prayer and vanity?

    1. ella says:

      You may not remember it, but the “moment of silence” came in schools first and then prayer (mandatory) was banned, after being further phased out. Is lack of prayer really what will make life better for all? Or even a few? Do those who rely only on their own power and prowess never look for help, from someone else? It is just a question. The ‘concept’ of God and gods is a lot older than anything written in the past 5000 years or so. Maybe it might be a good idea to let those who still believe they have a communication link, and who wish us all well, to use it.

  3. J Clifford says:

    “Blessed are those that make loud, brazen displays of their religious identity, for they shall attract the big money donors.” – Gospel of Atwater 7:22

  4. Dr Fever says:

    It takes little extrapolation to view the quoted prayer as an acknowledgement of Ma Nature’s ultimate power over all earthly things and beyond.

    Heck, science has already measured and reported the various and sundry ways in which evil humans have brought our species to the brink of demise.

    In this light, the preacher has everything right, even the apocalypse. His followers are failing to acknowledge only that beneficence for humans is not the probable result – the rapture is more likely to be characterized by the absence of homo not so sapiens, which will surely be a big relief for all carbon-based life that remains.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Dr. Fever, it takes a heck of a lot of extrapolation to turn Reverend Barry Black, the government-appointed Theocrat of the Senate and Christian preacher, into a worshipper of Mother Earth.

  5. John says:

    I think it’s great! Someday you will stand before your maker and give an accounting for every word and deed you have uttered or committed. I pray for your sake your heart is in the right place before that happens. To say the earth and all that dwells therein is some cosmic coincidence is like saying a tornado could hit a junkyard and in the process assemble a perfectly built Lamborghini. It’s impossible. The fact that throughout your life here on earth you have not come to the realization that there is a spiritual aspect involved in everything that goes on here just goes to show how willfully blind and asleep you truly are. You go ahead and continue believing the lie that man is his own god and see how far that gets you when the truth is forced upon you at the end.

    1. J Clifford says:

      John, it’s remarkable how you find the idea of natural, self-regulating universe ludicrous, but you are perfectly willing to accept on faith some ancient legends about supernatural beings who have sex with virgins to make hybrid semi-divine beings that raise people from the dead and then have big morality therapy sessions with the dead up in the sky.

      I mean, don’t you think it’s kind of weird that you claim to have special knowledge about divine beings who talk to you, but then expect us to listen to your skepticism about scientific research?

      1. John says:

        A belief in a Creator is no less of a stretch than believing this “all just happened by accident”. The best of what science has to offer about the inception of mankind, or the universe are what we call THEORIES. In case you don’t know what the definition for theories is, here it is.

        a supposition or a system of IDEAS intended to explain something, especially one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained.

        Now, J. You seem like an intelligent person. So I would love to hear your thoughts on how an unprovable IDEA/THEORY is any different than Faith? The way I see things it takes just as much Faith for people to believe in a man made IDEA as it does to have Faith that there is a God that created all things. I mean the truth of the matter is that the THEORY of evolution is still only an idea. It’s never been proven to be truth. So you can go ahead and put your FAITH in the intellectual abilities of man all you want. I mean all the knowledge of man combined and yet our planet is in jeopardy of being destroyed. Hmmmmm yeah I would reconsider who you put your FAITH in.

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