Just a Short Forced March With Jesus.
Matthew 6, verses 5-6 were never real crowd pleasers and since the Indiana Legislature is probably going to have them edited from newer translations of the Bible, I feel I should post them here so that they will be archived in the various internet archives and cashes.
"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are, for they love
to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they
may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut they
door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in
secret shall reward thee openly."
But then, Indiana is the State where judges feel that only parents in "mainstream" religions have the right to expose their own children to their own religion. What with legislators bringing in an auto-parts worker to deliver a surprise sermon and to sing "an energetic rendition of 'Just a Little Talk With Jesus.'" and the fact that there are judges in Indiana who do not know the law, I am beginning to get an impression of how the state is run. I suspect that the legislators sit on hay bales and chew on long pieces of grass and say things like "Golly!" and "Shucks". Am I right? If not, they seem to be going out of their way to give that impression. Must be part of a strategy to attract businesses from... um... God knows where.
I suppose that forcing people watch and listen to you worship makes sense in a way. I mean what would make people more receptive to one's message of love than seeing one abusing their power and prestige to annoy, intimidate, alienate and generally piss off everyone who is not part of one's denomination. Sign me up.