For the last few weeks, I’ve been mocking the Right’s claim that somehow our current economic crisis is actually due to abortion, homosexuals, and an overall breakdown in the family whenever it comes up.
And, for some reason, it keeps coming up and getting odder every time … to the point where we now have Religious Right activists calling for a nationwide prayer vigil as our only hope of reversing the economic slide:
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, states, “America is facing its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. In times of great crisis and challenge Americans have always turned to God for comfort, support and guidance. We call upon President Bush, to follow the example of Abraham Lincoln, and issue a proclamation for a National Day of Prayer just as Lincoln did in April of 1863 during the Civil War.
“It is important that Americans humble themselves and turn to God to address this grave crisis which political leaders seem to have no power to solve.
“As President Lincoln stated, ‘…it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord:'”
Rev. Rob Schenck, President of Faith and Action, adds, “Americans are living in fear and confusion in the wake of this tragic economic crisis. Many are seeing their investments and retirement funds vanish before their eyes. In response to this massive uncertainty, we call upon President Bush to proclaim a National Day of Prayer.
Regardless of whether or not President Bush actually follows through on their demands, I predict that, at some point down the road when the chaos subsides and the economy begins to recover, the Christian Defense Coalition will subsequently release a statement taking credit for it – just as they did back in 2007 when they attempted to take sole credit a decline in the murder rate in Washington DC.