Monday, July 16, 2007

A fine example of Christian love and compassion

Does this even need context? I doubt it. Just watch.

I first noticed this several days ago, via Humid Haney. I shook my head and went about my day. Then the Springfield News-Leader received this letter, which was too priceless to ignore:

Thursday's prayer by a Hindu guest chaplain sponsored by Sen. Reid-D [is that his rap handle?] was an abomination to God and an insult to the fabric on which this nation was founded. This nation was not founded on Buddha nor Mohammed, but on the God of the Christian Bible. While these religions are free to practice without state interference, they have no right to defile the chamber built on the principles of the one true God. History was made Thursday, but it was also erased as well. This nation, in its conception, decided that every session would begin with a prayer offered to God. As this nation was battling inner factions Benjamin Franklin offered this piece of sound advice from the Holy Bible. "Unless the Lord builds it, they labor in vain." The Lord is not Buddha or Mohammed. The Lord is Jesus Christ. With the 2008 election just around the corner, maybe faith should play a major factor on who we put in power. God forgive our nation. [Emphasis mine]

You know, for someone who is so absolutely certain about the correctness of their beliefs, they seem awfully threatened by what the government chooses to do in its chambers.

Personally, I think prayers and other public shows of faith should stay out of Congress, or at least stay in the minds and hearts of those in the chambers. God is mentioned exactly zero times in the Constitution, and the first part of the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights (which precedes the one about handguns, by the way) guarantees freedom of and from religion. As an American citizen, I have no use for such displays, and think the best thing to do to avoid contentious standoffs, such as the one above, is to ax them altogether.

Even so, if I were there that day, I would not have disrupted the chaplain. Why? Because of one of the good moral lessons I have retained over the years: respect. The guy isn't channeling a messiah complex as an excuse to never change his tragically misguided mind; he's just a guest bringing a bit of diversity into the legislative branch of what is supposed to be the most diverse nation in the world. But to hear some people tell it, the U.S. is now officially endorsing the Hindu religion! And that makes them scared.

Established religion sucks when it isn't yours, eh?

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