I was a little peeved by the benediction during today's Inauguration Ceremony for Barack Obama. Private prayer (though still unhelpful) is fine; but government-organized prayer is just wrong. I hope that in my lifetime this goes away as a standard for these types of events.
"One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
When the benediction started I pressed the mute button. I didn't time it but it seemed long. I survived by reminding myself that xians must debase themselves. Often at length.
We evolved from pond scum and some of us have come but a short way. Because politicians need votes, I find it helpful to think of "panderingpolitician" as one word.
And this: One nation, easily divisible by dogma....
Wipe, flush, and consider the task finished.
I doubt any prayers were intended to placate a god, as much as they were to placate this country's Religious Right, who, though they took a severe beating in the election, are still a force not to be underestimated.
I is about making a sale, staying in power, and keeping their true believers happy. Sadly it is doubtful that the Democrates are really any different. Sadly it all sounds like a contract with madness.
You will always play to the masses as long as the masses are kept ignorant