Thursday, June 17, 2010

Obama calls for prayer to clean up oil spill

For some people, you just can't win.

Jon Stewart of the Daily Show highlights, in his usually hilarious method, that President Obama announced this week that more commissions will study the Gulf Oil leak, and that he is calling for prayer to ask God to lend a hand.

My own notions are that these are exactly the things people do when they don't know what else to do: form committees and desperately pray for a bailout.

Stewart's genius is on display here.  He replays clips from Fox and Friends, when some shrill commentator criticizes Obama before the speech for NOT praying for help, and then after Obama announces that he's praying for help, the same commentator criticizes him for praying the wrong way.

Stunts like this is yet another illustration of the need for the separation of church and state.  For too many, it's not just enough that the President be religious, he must be the right kind of religious, and he must go to the right church on the right day, and he must pray in the proper form in the proper fashion.  You can't please everyone, and it's foolish to try.

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