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Senate Chaplain Urges Senators To Stop Listening To Voters

Yesterday, the Rreverend Barry C. Black, who has been appointed to the Christian-only position of Senate Chaplain, issued a call for an end to American democracy.

Black stood before the United States Senate and invoked the supernatural powers of his invisible spirit master, whom Black claims to serve as a peasant would serve a medieval Lord, saying to this creature, “Lord, thank You for our lawmakers, who seek to fulfill Your purposes in their labors. Give them the wisdom and courage they need to glorify Your Name as they strive always to live worthy of the mercies You daily bestow. May their work be a delight as they make You the only constituent they always seek to please. Help us all to remember that You know what is best for us; so please have Your way.”

It is not clear how many U.S. Senators intend to follow Chaplain Black’s demand that they stop serving American voters, and start serving his invisible spirit lord. Neither Senator Bernie Sanders nor Senator Ted Cruz, who are running for President, offered any reaction to the Senate Chaplain’s bizarre demand.

For the record, the Constitution of the United States explicitly forbids the creation of governmental religious posts such as that of the Senate Chaplain. Article VI of the Constitution states that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

Oh, but since when do details like the provisions of law have anything to do with the legislative work of the U.S. Senate, right?

4 thoughts on “Senate Chaplain Urges Senators To Stop Listening To Voters”

  1. ella says:

    “Article VI of the Constitution states that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.””

    There is no religious test for the position of chaplain. The person is simply a chaplain of whatever religion he is and those in the Senate who do not wish to listen to the chaplain do not have to, but it is one of the freedoms of this nation that everyone has to right to listen if they want to. Even if some Satanists, Anti-Christ and/or Atheists don’t seem to think any other than themselves have any rights.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Really, Ella?

      You yourself have just acknowledged that a person has to be religious to take on the position of Chaplain of the Senate.

      How is that not a religious test?

      How can hiring someone for an official federal government position with the job of conducting religious rituals on the floor of the United States Senate possibly take place without having a religious test? Even to be considered for the position, a candidate would have to have previous experience in a religious position. That’s a religious test, Ella. Do you think they give the job to non-religious people?

      Furthermore, can you tell me how many non-Christians have held the position of Senate Chaplain?

      No?

      Okay, I’ll tell you: In the entire history of the United States Senate, not one Senate Chaplain has ever been any religion other than Christian.

      1. ella says:

        “You yourself have just acknowledged that a person has to be religious to take on the position of Chaplain of the Senate.” J Clifford

        Of course, that is the job description, so no test is allowed to judge which denomination the Chaplin is. Many different denominations have been employed to give the benediction, or begin the session with a prayer. This nation, I believe the Muslims would agree, was not originated by Muhammad. It was originated by various Christian denominations, but we’ve been through that before. You are perfectly aware the Untied States of America was a Christian nation. Even native Americans had a belief in god(s) who live in the heavens. The reason the “No religious test…” clause exists is so that neither one denomination, nor several, nor those who have chosen to deny the existence of only one/one God/god, can insist on their particular brand of Christianity. Oddly enough, Christians, like other people who follow a deity, tend to wish to be inspired by their version of God. But I will agree that the Senators have constituents, and their deity is above all the rest, to guide their actions in caring for their constituents. Too bad so few listen to the teachings and, in this case, the prayer was poorly worded.

      2. Stephen Kent Gray says:

        There are such a thing as Secular Humanist Officiants and their campaign for the military to hire more of them, but I don’t know how successful it has been so far, or even if any have been hired at all yet. So, one doesn’t have to be religious to be a chaplain as seen in Secular Humanist chaplains.

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