Gee, do you think maybe it was something he said?
Impeachment-crazy politicians at the Federal level missed no opportunities to wax eloquent about the moral duty that bound them to hound and harass the president with impeachment and a conviction. And they didn’t bat an eye at disparaging Republicans who would defend Trump as somehow failing in this fundamentally religious oath.
But let someone raise the topic of religious and moral duty in another context, and suddenly, politicians aren’t as sanguine about it.
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Grant Jr. of The Father’s Way Church in Warrenton, had been invited by Del. Michael Webert, R-Fauquier to open the Legislature in Virginia with prayer.
Grant did NOT come with the typical nicey-nice PC boilerplate blessing. He had some rather challenging things to say. While we don’t have the specific text of his prayer, or any direct quotes, here is how it was described:
Democrats walked off the floor of the House of Delegates Tuesday morning as the pastor invited to give the opening prayer delivered stinging remarks condemning abortion and gay marriage and said God would bring his “wrath” against those who don’t follow biblical principles.
“Is this a prayer or a sermon?,” a delegate yelled from the Democratic side of the chamber as the prayer turned increasingly political.
Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, ultimately ended the prayer by banging her gavel and moving right into the Pledge of Allegiance. — Virginia Mercury
It wasn’t that long ago when some media were interpreting one of the Senate Chaplain’s prayer as a veiled threat to the Senators, urging them to vote against the President… and those who took his words to mean that were more than pleased to praise him for it.
But let someone call out the actions of a Democrat, and everything changes, doesn’t it?
Speaking to reporters afterward, Grant stood by his remarks and called the Democratic response “unprofessional.”
“I think that the statehouse belongs to all the citizens. And all the citizens have a voice,” Grant said. “If it’s my turn to have a voice, and I am a pastor, what do you expect from me? If you don’t want to hear what a pastor has to say, then don’t invite one.”
As he walked off, a man accompanying Grant asked a group of reporters if they were aware that “sodomy” was once considered an offense worthy of capital punishment. He declined to give his name. — Virginia Mercury
Virginia has taken a sharp turn to the Left after taking control of all three branches, and they are pressing their political monopoly to the maximum advantage.
Under Democratic control for the first time in decades, the General Assembly is advancing legislation to roll back restrictions on abortion and strengthen laws protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination. — Virginia Mercury
Was this an example of a Man of God ‘speaking truth to power’ as Christians (and Jewish leaders before them) have done to their religious leaders since the earliest days of their faith?
Or was this guy out of line in using his invitation to the Legislature in this way?