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Monday, January 09, 2006

Culture: SCOTUS - and so it begins...

WASHINGTON -- 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.

MAGNUS COMMENT: You Americans... Still, the fact is that up to 1/3 consumers claim to be born again Christians. I've long thought one explanation for SUV driving is simply that Hummer owners genuinely believe the Rapture will predate Ecosystem collapse. Of course, not all Christians are quite (anywhere near) this lunatic. But for those that are, the next few weeks (and if Alito gets on, the probably inevitable onslaught on Roe vs. Wade) will be of great cultural significance.

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