May 5, 2006

by Reb Yudel
Republican Christians vote for insensitive, intolerant prayer

Should military chaplains have the freedom to pray that Jewish soldiers find Jesus, and that American Muslims be struck dead?

Hell yes! say the Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee.

According to JTA,
JTA - Breaking News,

Republicans approved an amendment to a military bill that would allow chaplains to pray “according to their own conscience,” but rejected a change calling for “sensitivity” to other faiths.

“Each chaplain shall have the prerogative to pray according to the dictates of the chaplain’s own conscience, except as must be limited by military necessity, with any such limitation being imposed in the least restrictive manner feasible,” said the amendment passed Wednesday night by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee.

The amendment addresses evangelical Christian anger at the military for preventing pastors from including references to Jesus in communal prayers or in ministrations to non-Christians.

Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) attempted to modify the amendment by adding a clause calling for chaplains to “demonstrate sensitivity, respect and tolerance for all faiths present on each occasion at which prayers are offered.

His proposal failed, with all but one Republican, Candice Miller of Michigan, voting against. Israel, who is Jewish, told JTA that the vote “undermines the values of pluralism.”

I assume Miller's fellow Republicans have asked the House chaplain to stop praying for the salvation of Miller's soul, and start praying that the Jewboy drop dead for breaking party loyalty.

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