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Tom DeLay Will Save America Through Prayer

Tom DeLay’s comeback into public life seems to be predicated on a vague project to pray for our political leaders. Pray for them to do what, exactly? I have no idea. But Glenn Beck’s The Blaze is terribly excited about this amorphous idea that praying for something will do…well, something.

A national network to pray for and with the nation’s elected leaders is emerging in hopes of sparking a national revival, reaching from Capitol Hill to state and local governments.

An initiative of the National Prayer Center, it’s called the Josiah Project, named for King Josiah of Israel who after finding the Book of the Law when rebuilding the temple led the nation to repent and pray.

“He tore his clothes and was convicted before the Lord and he saw the condition of the nation, the culture of Israel was in the toilet. They had pushed God out of the public square. Does all this remind you of something?” Tom DeLay, the former Republican House majority leader who is helping the National Prayer Center head up the effort, told TheBlaze.

Uh, yeah, He tore his clothes. Or something.

The Josiah Project will not be involved in lobbying, DeLay said, but rather prayer intercessors approaching members of Congress and state legislatures offering to pray with them and for them. It will seek citizens to reach out in groups to their elected representatives. Chapters will be organized by congressional districts, he said.

Well sure. Because if there’s one thing politicians don’t spend nearly enough time doing, it’s pandering to people who think prayer is an actual public policy.

National Prayer Center Founder and Executive Direct Ken Wilde is a pastor and formerly the chaplain for the Idaho state Senate. He began bringing a group of parishioners to Washington in 1995 to pray for their member of Congress, Rep. Helen Chenoweth-Hage. The idea grew as Wilde led the constituents of other members to pray – both Democrats and Republicans, and the National Prayer Center idea was born.

“As a pastor who has spent countless hours praying with and for elected officials, I can tell you the pressures they encounter in their families, health, reputation and even finances are tremendous. Whether Democrat or Republican, Christian or non-Christian, our elected servants not only appreciate our prayers, they covet them,” Wilde said on the website.

Okay, so they’ve been doing this for almost 20 years now and yet our culture is “in the toilet” like Israel was. But if they just do it more, that will change everything because…magic!

Comments

  1. Moggie says

    “National Prayer Center” sounds so much more impressive than “National Doing Fuck-All Center”, don’t you think?

  2. Chiroptera says

    Tom DeLay’s comeback into public life seems to be predicated on a vague project to pray for our political leaders. Pray for them to do what, exactly?

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but haven’t they already told us that they pray for God to kill them?

  3. says

    Helen Chenoweth-Hage… Helen Chenoweth-Hage… that names sounds familiar.

    Ah yes, the fucking hypocrite who wanted God’s wrath on Clinton for his dalliance or at least his resignation, and then…

    Well, it’d seem that Helen had a six year affair with a married rancher, but that was different because she had asked for God’s forgiveness and received it.

  4. Pierce R. Butler says

    He tore his clothes.

    That was just a wardrobe malfunction.

    History buffs may want to read Richard Elliott Friedman’s Who Wrote the Bible?, which posits that the “ancient texts” found during a Temple renovation were a deliberate (and successful) re-write to the Hebrew holy scriptures, describing the conquest of Canaan in ways meant to justify Josiah’s planned expansionary campaign (which was aborted by an Egyptian army passing through and whacking Jo a good hard one upside the head).

  5. grumpyoldfart says

    Josiah didn’t find the book. The priests in the temple found it (probably wrote it themselves actually) and then told Josiah that if he didn’t accept it as the new law for Israel, they would beat the shit out of him. Josiah gave-in to them immediately.

    PS: I wonder if this verse has been incorporated into the Josiah Project:
    But they need not account for the money entrusted to them, because they are honest in their dealings. (2 Kings 22:7)

  6. Randomfactor says

    The Hammer better watch his step. He could get an extra ten years in purgatory for prayer laundering.

  7. steffp says

    “Christian or non-Christian, our elected servants not only appreciate our prayers, they covet them”
    Especially the 52 non-christian Members of Congress. They are asking for Xian prayers all the time.

  8. says

    pray for our political leaders

    It’s because of the PRAYER GAP. The british have a significant chunk of the population periodically say “God save the queen” which puts American political leaders at a prayer disadvantage.

  9. sh3baproject says

    saving on america through prayer is liking stopping a villain by saying die. not gonna work.

  10. says

    At least if DeLay is busy running around organising prayers he can’t do something that might actually be effective and help the Republicans.

  11. brianwestley says

    “He tore his clothes and was convicted before the Lord and he saw the condition of the nation, the culture of Israel was in the toilet. They had pushed God out of the public square. Does all this remind you of something?”

    Reminds ME of a dirty joke:

    Kid: “Dad, what does the expression ‘tore his leather’ mean?”
    Dad: “I haven’t heard that one; where did you hear it?”
    Kid: “Well, in this Robin Hood story, it says ‘Robin tore his leather jerkin off.'”

  12. had3 says

    Did anyone else see the new prayer app being applauded by the Family Values peeps that allows people to pray to stop women from getting abortions? I’ve already got a call out to my tech savvy friends for a pray-away-the-gay app. There’s got to be some way for me to profit on this stupidity without actually doing anything, and prayer seems to be the answer. Ha!

  13. Crudely Wrott says

    Hmmm. DeLay.

    DeLay.

    I wonder, does doG take names at face value? Perhaps it gives them out for ironic purpose?

    Prayer, by virtue of its taking up time, certainly delays any useful business that brings important people together to address necessary issues and accomplish popular ends.

    DeLay.
    _____________

    I’ll never forget Carol, she was the DeLay. My first. Certainly put any other business on the back burner that day, I’ll tell you.

    *waves at that sweet ol’ gal*

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