There are a lot of strange videos floating around, but this one has got to be one of the most … unusual. I know that people hang around the Capitol all the time, praying for the place. Usually that is done in secret.
No longer. Click here to see a video of two Christian pastors and Rep. Paul Broun, Georgia Republican, praying over a door in the Capitol that Barack Obama would use on his way to the inaugural platform.
“Is our president going to be obedient to the Lord?” asks the congressman, who not long ago accused the new president not only of being a Marxist but of planning to assemble a national security force similar to Hitler’s Brown Shirts that would take over the country.
Well, that was then. The two ministers — the Revs. Rob Schenck, president of the Faith and Action ministry, and Patrick Mahoney, president of the Christian Defense Coalition, the latter dressed in a robe and red stole — met the congressman just inside the doors on Jan. 7 where they filmed a short prayer service and dabbed oil — from Jerusalem, no less — on the doors in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This was the portal that the new president and his family and all sorts of other dignitaries would use on their way to the outside platform on Jan. 20. On the outside, there is a red arch but from the inside, the area where this prayer service occurred looks like an isolated hallway.
Mr. Mahoney chimed in that he has been part of a 19-day prayer-and-fasting effort on behalf of Obama. There were also prayers consecrating Obama as president and hands uplifted in heavenly supplication. Which seems a little out of place for Mr. Broun, a Southern Baptist but hey, maybe he’s used to such pentecostal practices.
The video, posted on You Tube, got 118 comments, including one that asked, “Is this a joke?”
- Julia Duin, religion editor