The Washington Times - October 14, 2013, 10:25AM

Senate Chaplain Barry Black has not pulled any punches in his prayers to open chamber sessions during the government shutdown, openly chiding lawmakers for temporarily failing to provide death benefits to the families of fallen soldiers.

“Saturday Night Live” took it a step further over the weekend, with cast member Kenan Thompson taking on the role of Mr. Black and offering some hyperbolic sentiments during a cameo on Weekend Update.


“Let them stop being a bunch of blabbering knuckleheads that go onto the television and spout all kinds of nonsense until you want to smack them across the face with a bag full of quarters — oooh, and that’s change I can believe in,” he prayed.

Mr. Thompson’s “chaplain” expressed optimism for a deal to end the government shutdown during interludes between his prayers, only to up the ante in wishing lawmakers some discomfort.

He asks the Lord to send a flood to the Senate and “just drown everybody, or at least allow your cleansing water to carry them to a place far, far away. Let them float down the Potomac, desperately grabbing at the branches.”

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