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‘Save Us From the Madness’: Has Senate Chaplain Gone Political?

The non-partisan chaplain of the U.S. Senate, Barry Black, has been opening the upper chamber of Congress with a prayer since he took over the post in 2003. Recently, Black’s sermons have been veering into political topics. At times, Black even appears to scold members of the Senate for their inaction.

“Today, give lawmakers the vision and the willingness,” Black recently prayed. “Remove from them that stubborn pride which imagines itself to be above beyond criticism.”

“Forgive them for the blunders they have committed,” Black added.

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“Deliver us from the hypocrisy of attempting to sound reasonable while being unreasonable,” he continued. “Remove the burdens of those who are the collateral damage of this government shutdown.”

“Dear God, help our lawmakers. they can know the right but not do it,” Black said in another prayer. “They can comprehend their duty but not perform it. During this legislative stalemate, help our lawmakers to test all things by their conscience, so keep us from shackling ourselves with the chains of dysfunction.”

Has the U.S. Senate chaplain taken on a political tone in his recent prayers? CNN neither asks nor answers this question. But the tone of his sermons suggests that the preacher is becoming increasingly frustrated with his flock.

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