What is it about Christmas that wrings the Christ right out of Christians?
At 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon — nine hours before the 1 a.m. vote that would effectively clinch the legislation’s passage — Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) went to the Senate floor to propose a prayer. “What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can’t make the vote tonight,” he said. “That’s what they ought to pray.”
It was difficult to escape the conclusion that Coburn was referring to the 92-year-old, wheelchair-bound Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.V.) who has been in and out of hospitals and lay at home ailing. It would not be easy for Byrd to get out of bed in the wee hours with deep snow on the ground and ice on the roads — but without his vote, Democrats wouldn’t have the 60 they needed.– Washington Post
Coburn, an esteemed member of Republicans for Rape, once again exhibits all the fine moral training and verbal flair of a rabid hyena. A medical doctor by training, he demonstrates his even-handed scorn for both his faith and his vocation. I am certain he is very popular in Oklahoma, and a much sought-after speaker at service club meetings, chamber of commerce events, and civic affairs.
It is always exhilarating to witness outbursts like these, as they define the actor’s character far more accurately than their reams of position papers, media releases, and publicity stunts. Here’s the true man, the real thing. (Accent: thing.)
It is nauseating when anybody, let alone an elected official, tells the American people “what they ought to pray.” It is worse when “what they ought to pray” is another’s misfortune. (To my atheist’s ear, that sounds more like Satanism than Christianity.) But here’s Dr. Coburn doing precisely that from the well of the Senate. He is fine-tuning his skills, I suspect, for his moral instructional workshops at Sunday School back home.
Congratulations, Senator Coburn. If your objective was to make Joe Lieberman look less repulsive at the zenith of his prowess, all I can say is, Mission accomplished.