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When Steve Cohen was the state Senate's only Jewish member, he worked out an informal agreement with the leadership to try to ensure that the legislature's "ministers of the day" showed a little restraint in their prayers and made at least a token attempt to recognize the diversity of beliefs in Tennessee. Well, now Cohen's gone to Washington, and the Christian Right is running the show. This year's legislature has only just begun, and already the preachers have abandoned just about all self-control.
Today, retired Tennessee National Guard Lt. Col. Courtney Rodger--an invitee of House holy warrior Tony Shipley--insisted in her prayer that America is a Christian nation, no matter what certain unnamed "godless and apathetic" commie rats may say. We're not a Judeo-Christian nation, mind you, or a nation of Christians and Jews and Muslims and many different faiths who share a certain set of values. No, we are a Christian nation. Got it?
Speaking of American soldiers in the Middle East, Rodger said:
"We pray that their sacrifices are not in vain, lost to a godless and apathetic nation. For it has been declared to the world that we are no longer a Christian nation. But as Americans, we cannot turn our backs on our history for it cannot be erased."
The husband-and-wife team of Jack and Leigh Brown did the duties earlier this week in the Senate. In introducing the Browns, Sen. Delores Gresham--a staunch social conservative--described them as "prayer warriors," and they did not disappoint.
Leigh Brown told the Senate that God had directed her personally to pray for our legislators each and every day for the past seven years, so that's what she has done.
"We come here because God sent us here on an assignment to be the encouragers to the people who stand here year after year like many of you. If you are 40 or over you were raised in the schools of Tennessee to pray. ... This is a Christian state. I am not politically correct for our nation, but I love God. We love God."
Andy Berke has replaced Cohen as the Senate's only Jew. We think maybe it's time for Berke to have another little word with the legislature's leadership.
Update: Mary Mancini
would like to make a suggestion.
Update II: Aunt B writes
a letter to local Satanists.