Let Us Bray

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.

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10 Responses to Let Us Bray

  1. Grand Wizard KKK says:

    Byrd ROCKS!

  2. Ghost of Strom Thurman says:

    Byrd’s still alive?

  3. Dawgbowl says:

    I guess you don’t get into church much. The preacher spends the whole morning telling people what to pray for. Usually it’s money, and usually it for the preacher!

  4. Beardsley says:

    Various columnists point out that this zany circumstance where 60 votes are needed instead of a mere majority of 51 is not prescribed by the Constitution, but rather a parliamentary regulation created by the Senate itself. The sensible thing to do, once the current crisis blows over, is revisit that regulation and restore democracy to the Senate. If, as it seems, nothing about health care is learned from the health care debate, perhaps we can learn something about the way our government has broken down.

  5. Camiel Toe says:

    What this demonstrates — again — is that our elected leaders are no less morally flawed than our exalted sports figures. They just make less money, and don’t look as good naked.

  6. Edward Bulwer-Lytton says:

    Nothing beats the admix of Red and Blue

    for the best purple prose.

    (And Sunday was a dark and stormy night)

  7. 'nonymous says:

    Choose to read his statement the way you like, or rather, the way the liberal Washington Post likes. He could just as easily have meant he wanted people delayed by the weather, not dead in their beds. But that wouldn’t suit your bias, would it?

  8. Hose B says:

    Hey ‘Nonymous. If you’re going to quote Fox News, shouldn’t you use footnotes?

  9. MadamI says:

    Ok so perhaps it was just his opinion and that should be that! Squatty, “zenith of his prowess” I believe this is the first time I’ve heard you use that description. Literary piece of art. What piece I can’t put my finger on at the moment.

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