Thursday, March 29, 2007

Why do Republicans Christianists continue to ignore Jesus?

Update: the article mislabeled North Carolina Congressman Mike McIntyre as a Republican, so I've changed the original title. Checking further, it seems about 10 percent of the group's Advisory Board are Democrats. They're just as wrong about this as the Republicans.

In today's news:
(T)he West Front of the Capitol took on the atmosphere of a down-home revival Wednesday, as roughly 40 members participated in a “call to prayer for America.”

But before they could recognize the power of prayer and ask Americans to pray for their country five minutes per week, members and spectators alike had to clear off the steps as Capitol Police inspected an unattended suspicious package.

Undeterred, they relocated to the West Lawn, where the regularly scheduled revival continued, sans amplification. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., assumed the duty of flag bearer.

Shouting to be heard, Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., the founder of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, referred to the “enormous power in prayer.”

He asked “those will join with us to agree to pray for five minutes per week for our country. As these few become thousands, we will build a spiritual prayer wall around America 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Mike McIntyre, RD-N.C., then encouraged the crowd to visit and sign up for a five-minute block of time to pray for the country.
That's right. Republicans have gone out on the steps of the Capitol to pray and set up a web site for you to publicly declare your promise to pray. All this, despite Christ's specific admonition against such things:
(W)hen thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. -Matthew 6:5-6
Of course we all know it's really an e-mail net for fundraising, which makes it all even worse.

Update: By the way, in case you haven't heard, the 9/11 attacks were the modern equivalent of the burning bush. So sayeth Michael Savage.


Blogger Lauren said...

Mike McIntyre is a Democrat.

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Aaron said...

Lauren is right. You better change your header. To not change it would be hypocritical.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Aaron said...

Also, I just visited the website, and it doesn't seem that anyone "publicly" promises to pray. Your promise to pray is sent privately to the group.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Moorlock said...

You do realize, don't you, that Jesus took all that back in a later chapter of Matthew.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Knemon said...

I've always thought that referred to *individuals* showing off in public. A "revival"-type prayer gathering isn't really what Jesus is talking about.

You're reaching here.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus was such a flip flopper.

5:51 PM  
Blogger merlallen said...

If we have a prayer shield, we don't need Star Wars, right?

9:36 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Me again. I work for Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) and had the unfortunate job of attending this event. I was shaking the entire time, knowing the Establishment Clause is dying a slow and painful death.

Shameless plug: You can read my blog about the press conference on AU's blog, "The Wall of Separation."

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If praying in public on the Capital lawn isn't showing off ,what is?

10:44 PM  
Blogger David N. Scott said...

I was shaking the entire time, knowing the Establishment Clause is dying a slow and painful death.

Um, this sounds sort of gross and overdone, but I doubt it's the first time it happened. I also doubt it means much in the long run.

Mabe you're getting a bit close to the problem? I mean, I'm just sayin',

1:43 AM  
Blogger tech98 said...

Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., asked “those will join with us to agree to pray for five minutes per week for our country.

Why don't you devote five minutes per week to reading the Constitution your party eagerly uses for toilet paper, nimrod.

11:08 AM  

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