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And forgive our “stubborn pride”—the Senate Chaplain amid the shutdown

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 7, 2013 | 3:49 pm

As the government shutdown enters its second week, Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black has been speaking truth in his opening prayers. Two recent requests, directed at the 100 men and women who fill the Senate chambers, via the New York Times:

“We acknowledge our transgressions, our shortcomings, our smugness, our selfishness and our pride,” he went on, his baritone voice filling the room. “Deliver us from the hypocrisy of attempting to sound reasonable while being unreasonable.”


“Remove from them that stubborn pride which imagines itself to be above and beyond criticism,” he said. “Forgive them the blunders they have committed.”

Too bad he's not the House chaplain.

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