Sunday, July 27, 2008

Obama Prays To Be "Instrument of God's Will"

There's one for the Separation of Church and Staties among us! Several days ago, we noted Barack Obama's visit to the Western Wall, where traditionally, small prayer notes are left.

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His prayer, written on a piece of hotel notepaper, was published by an Israeli newspaper, which was criticised for making it public.

"Lord – Protect my family and me," read the note published in the Maariv daily. "Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will."


Cribbing from Francis of Assisi? St. Francis prayed: Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace. An instrument of God's Will sounds a bit more...presumptuous, shall we say? Any qualms from the Atheist Wing of the Democratic Party? Separation of Church and Statists? Any Democrats at all?? (Crickets chirp.)

Caroline Glick,deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post and the senior fellow for Middle East Affairs at the Center for Security Policy, on the prayer:
This was supposed to be a private benediction, and it was extraordinarily improper for someone to take this prayer and sell it to the media. On the other hand, in the world of paparazzi, the exposure of the prayer was predictable, and Obama apparently constructed the prayer for public consumption. Like everything else about his visit, this was a carefully crafted statement, designed not to ruffle very many feathers. And like this prayer, there was nothing extraordinary about Obama’s visit. As you would expect from a politician, he tried to be all things to all people.


At least he cribbed from St. Francis of Assisi and not St. Jeremiah of Chicago. Or maybe, he just didn't know whether to spell "God Damn Amerika" with one or three "K"s?

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Cross Posted at Say Anything

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