Blessed [and Oiled] Be the Politicians
Via Instapundit, I find out that Lileks is worried about people like me ...who think that uptight repressed Christers are six inches and five days away from replacing the Constitution with the plot of "A Handmaiden's Tale."
I don't know about six inches and five days away, but clearly, as Pharyngula points us to the latest example, they are intolerably close already:
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.
The two men, along with Grace Nwachukwu, general manager of a group called Faith and Action, read three Psalms outside the committee room, knelt to say the Lord's Prayer and marked a cross in oil on the committee door before leaving.
Of course, any type of religious fundamentalism is dangerous. Fortunately, so far at least, our crack Homeland Security team appears able to prevent radical Imams, Rabbis, and/or Pastafarians [don't think I'm not trembling in abject fear of His Noodly Appendage as I write this!] from let[ting] themselves in [as whimsical as that action might be when perpetrated by Christian ministers] Senate hearing rooms, and spreading foreign substances.