Rabid religionists in Congress and their conservative activist constituents, fresh from an angry battle culminating in a superfluous reaffirmation of the In God We Trust National Motto resolution, triggered by President Obama’s reference to the original E Pluribus Unum motto in a long forgotten foreign speech, are now expressing similar outrage after the administration announced its objection to adding President Franklin Roosevelt's D-Day prayer to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Republican Congressman, Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, has offered HR 2070, a bill entitled “World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2011," which would add the full text of Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer to the memorial. In short, he wants to alter the present memorial as it is now to include his Christian prayer. Naturally, the bill is expected to get the full support of the House.
"It is unconscionable that the Obama administration would stand in the way of honoring our nation's distinguished World War II veterans," Johnson whined.
Huh? I thought that was the whole purpose of the memorial – to honor WWII vets. The Obama administration isn’t objecting to or standing in the way of that.
Robert Abbey, director of the Bureau of Land Management, said any plaque or inscription of the prayer would "dilute" the memorials central message and therefore "should not be altered." "It is not a judgment as to the merit of this new commemoration, simply that altering the Memorial in this way, as proposed in HR 2070, will necessarily dilute this elegant memorials central message and its ability to clearly convey that message to move, educate, and inspire its many visitors," he explained.
Moreover, Abbey told lawmakers that altering the memorial would be contrary to the Commemorative Works Act -- a law that prohibits "encroachment by a new commemoration on an existing one." It also respects the design of the "completed work of civic art without alteration or addition of new elements."
But Congressman Johnson would have none of that, telling Fox News that the administration's objection should "give all Americans a great deal of concern." "For there to be objections to demonstrating a faith in God at critical points in our nation's history -- particularly D-Day -- boggles my mind," he said. "I was very surprised they were going to object."
"This is further evidence that the administration has created an environment that is hostile towards American history -- but in particular towards Christianity," blubbered Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.
"I hope America wakes up and realizes what this administration is doing to this country and how they want to radically and fundamentally change America," Perkins cried. "They want to erase every aspect of America's heritage." "Any president, any official in history that has embraced Christianity, is no longer welcome in this administration. That's the environment they are creating."
Gee, and I always thought that President Obama was a staunch Christian man. He reaffirmed and continued George W. Bush’s Office of Faith Based Partnerships. He goes to church every Sunday with his wife and kids. He concludes every single speech with “God bless you and God bless the United States of America.” What’s anti-Christian about that?
Now we find that our new president is (gasp!) “hostile toward American history” and even “in particular towards Christianity” because he objects to altering and diluting the central message of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. with yet another of the thousands upon thousands of symbols and references to Christianity in memorials all across the country.
So the social conservative right wing religionists do what they always do when they think the nation isn’t infused with enough good old fashioned evangelical Christian religion – they waste more taxpayer dollars debating and passing frivolous laws in furtherance of their ultimate American Christian theocracy.
In God They Lust.