1st Amendment? What 1st Amendment? Oh, that one!
[added later: this is in case you heard that weird story on WBBM 780 this morning — if you didn’t you can skip this]
We heard this story on the radio this morning: US soldiers in Iraq asked to pray for Bush. The story is about pamphlets the Marines had received which included a pledge saying they were praying for Bush. They could cut out this pledge and send it back to the White House. Sure, whatever. That’s a legit use of the great 1A.
In the radio version, however, the announcer said that the pamplets had been issued, implying these came from the military itself! It also implied the Marines were expected by the military to sign the enclosed pledge! How appalling would that have been?
Moreover, the story suggested that the prayers were pretty much an unconditional support for GWB. Maybe not:
“I have committed to pray for you, your family, your staff and our troops during this time of uncertainty and tumult. May God’s peace be your guide,” says the pledge, according to a journalist embedded with coalition forces.
Sunday’s is “Pray that the President and his advisers will seek God and his wisdom daily and not rely on their own understanding”.
I’m beginning to think I should just stop trying to get anything other than traffic and weather from WBBM News Radio 780.