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Wasn't anyone else sickened, as I was, by Congresspeople singing "God Bless America?" in the aisles of power at this time? That didn't bother me much. Using The Battle Hymn of the Republic as the closing to the National prayer service this afternoon did, though. Checked those lyrics lately? I worry about the lack of loud pacifistic voices right now. I worry that a president who doesn't see much problem with government funding flowing through churches may not believe firmly enough in the separation of church and state to lead us to anything but a sort of modern day Crusade. I worry that we are already becoming that which we claim to hate - ruthless, blind, hateful agressors functioning on rhetoric and the worst of human impulses: revenge.Now, I did not hear the whole National service today because I was attending one locally, and perhaps more pacifistic sentiments were expressed elsewhere in that service. But I would have much rather heard them conclude with something like this, instead of a call to arms:With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations. - Lincoln, from his second inaugural speechMitten
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