Sunday, January 08, 2006



Insisting that God "certainly needs to be involved" in the Supreme Court confirmation process, three Christian ministers today blessed the doors of the hearing room where Senate Judiciary Committee members will begin considering the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito on Monday.

Capitol Hill police barred them from entering the room to continue what they called a consecration service. But in a bit of one-upsmanship, the three announced that they had let themselves in a day earlier, touching holy oil to the seats where Judge Alito, the senators, witnesses, Senate staffers and the press will sit, and praying for each of the 13 committee members by name.

"We did adequately apply oil to all the seats," said the Rev. Rob Schenck, who identified himself as an evangelical Christian and as president of the National Clergy Council in Washington.

I'm going to have to insist that in the interests of equal time, they allow a medicine man to do a 'cedaring' of the area, a feng shui consultant perform a space clearing, a Buddhist do a Jivamala meditation and a Wiccan High Priestess do a purification ceremony.


At 12:36 AM, Anonymous Ace said...

Oh my dear, but in the fullest interest of equality, had the shaman done his thing first - or the Wiccan - would you have demanded that the evangelical christians also have access to the area to perform whatever rites they felt were appropriate?

I think not...

I don't care one way or the other if these folks have blessed the doors/chairs/desks/whatever in that area. I also would not care if Hare Krishnas chanted there prior to the deliberations seeking wisdom for the panelists. Part of religious freedom and tolerance is to allow "people of faith" to perform their rituals so long as they are harmless to others. What these folks did was harmless to others and should be ignored by anyone who does not share their beliefs.

At 3:26 AM, Blogger Arachnae said...

you think not? sorry, Ace, but you're full of shit.

let no one perform their voodoo or let EVERYONE perform their voodoo.

At 8:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

heh... DL here again... I agree Ace... but it would be VERY funny to see a long line of holy persons of various faiths and spiritual paths doing their thing to various town halls (btw - Leesburg had some of their facilities smudged by a NA Shaman when they opened a newly redone room a few years ago), courtrooms, the Whitehouse, the Supreme Court, Congress (and the list goes on)... tooooooooooooo funny!

At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Martha said...

The really scary part is that the could "let themselves in" with any oil or other substance they can then leave on chairs/under tables etc. Where is homeland security when they could be of use---

At 2:33 AM, Blogger jj mollo said...

Not to mention the ritual touching of His Noodly Appendage by the Pastafarian faithful.


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