August 3, 2005
Never mind that majority leader Tom DeLay has agreed to appear on a right-wing Christian telecast to rally wingnut support for Roberts’ Supreme Court nomination. After all, (a) it’s not exactly surprising, (b) it’s being organized by DeLay buddy and hate-group honcho Tony Perkins, and (c) DeLay is corrupt and irrelevant.
Worry more about this parallel effort:
In a televised prayer on Tuesday for Judge Roberts’s confirmation, for example, the television evangelist Pat Robertson asked his viewers to pray: “Take control, Lord! We ask for additional vacancies on the court.” (A “prayer point” on the Web site for Mr. Robertson’s “Supreme Court Freedom Project” includes “additional vacancies” as well.)
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, called the prayer “ghoulish,” saying, “The only way people leave the court these days is through death or infirmity.”
But a spokeswoman for Mr. Robertson said he was praying only for retirements, not deaths, noting that Justice Sandra Day O’Connor had retired after his prayer was first posted.
Well of course. That was clearly why O’Connor retired.
I have to agree with Jacqueline Passey—the truly religious are, quite simply, nuts:
Most people in the world have some sort of imaginary friend. They think this imaginary friend has magical powers to spy on and reward or punish people, and that this imaginary friend has given them a list of arbitrary and/or outdated rules for them to follow. Many of these people spend a great deal of time talking to their imaginary friend, trying to figure out what their imaginary friend wants them to do, and giving money to other people who claim to have a special insight into the thoughts, actions, and desires of their imaginary friend. Some even hallucinate and think their imaginary friend talks back to them. Sometimes in these hallucinations they think their imaginary friend is telling them that people who don’t share their belief in their imaginary friend are bad people and should be punished, forced to believe, or even killed.
So add “insane” to corrupt and irrelevant.
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