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Body of Spiritual Imperialist to Lie in State at US Capitol

Why is the body of unofficial "preacher to the presidents" Billy Graham to lie in honor at the US Capitol?

It's a slap in the face of every non-Christian in America.

Back in the Bad Old Days, when the United States could still pretend to be a Protestant country, Billy Graham had the ear of the White House for decades on end: a battering of separation which, frankly, can only be described as a national disgrace.

This homophobic anti-Semite had one sole agenda: to capture souls for his greedy god.

That the body of such a man should receive one of the highest honors available to any American—last accorded Rosa Parks, one of the preeminent heroes of the struggle for Civil Rights—is utterly reprehensible.

For Graham, to put it baldly, was no hero. Graham was nothing short of a spiritual imperialist.

Billy Graham did nothing to deserve this honor. His body should not be displayed at the US Capitol.

That the American taxpayer should be expected to foot the bill for this insult only compounds the indignity.

Shame on ill-doers House speaker Paul Ryan and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell for having orchestrated this disgrace.

Shame on you both.



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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


  • Caroline Kenner
    Caroline Kenner Saturday, 24 February 2018

    This is not "Washington's" fault. This is the fault of our overlords, the GOP.

    Many Washingtonians are deeply offended for exactly the reasons you cite to see this travesty taking place. This man is only a national hero in the clouded minds of Christian theocrats.

    Here are the guilty parties responsible for this grotesque violation of church state separation: from the NYTimes article published on the 22nd of this month:
    "Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, wrote a letter to Mr. Graham’s son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, on Thursday asking that “Americans have this opportunity to pay their respects to Rev. Graham” for his “long and distinguished service to the nation.”

    So please don't blame DC. Assign blame to the true malefactors: Christian theocrats from the GOP, in the forms of the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader.

    Sincerely, Caroline Kenner, a Washington Witchdoctor and native Washingtonian

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Saturday, 24 February 2018

    Thanks and a tip of the black pointy hat, Caroline. I've updated the post accordingly.
    May the finger of shame be pointed at them both.
    May their misdeeds break them both.
    So mote it be.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Saturday, 24 February 2018

    P.S. Keep up the Washington witching.
    Gods know we need it!

  • Caroline Kenner
    Caroline Kenner Saturday, 24 February 2018

    Thank you, Steven. Many of our local community members are really angry about this.

    And why yes, we *are* on the job here in DC with the Witching.

    Blessings from Caroline

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