Sen. Rob Portman may have come around on marriage equality, but he still knows how to push the buttons of the Christian right. He’s sponsoring a bill to add a plaque with a prayer to the World War II memorial in Washington, DC. In fact, it may well be because he angered them with his shift on marriage that he’s trying to pander to them now.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today renewed his effort to pass legislation that would direct the Interior Secretary to install a plaque or inscription at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. honoring the words that President Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed with the nation on June 6, 1944.
“On D-Day, courageous Americans risked and sacrificed their lives to preserve our freedoms and end tyranny abroad,” said Portman. “That morning, President Roosevelt asked our nation to come together to pray for the men overseas. His words brought strength and comfort to many during one of the most challenging times for our nation.“At no cost to the taxpayer, this memorial ensures that FDR’s prayer will become a permanent reminder of the sacrifice of not just those who fought in World War II, but also of the men and women who fight for us today and all those who lay down their lives for the cause of liberty. We should not underestimate the power of prayer through difficult times, and I encourage the Senate to take it up and pass it quickly.”
It reminds me of dogs marking territory, but instead of peeing on it they have to put religious symbols all over it. The Obama administration opposes the idea:
The Obama administration remains opposed to legislation that would add President Franklin Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C…
At a Senate hearing Wednesday, Ohio Republican Rob Portman said adding a plaque or inscription of the prayer Roosevelt read on a radio broadcast to the nation on June 6, 1944, would remind Americans of what they have in common.
But prayer is something we don’t have in common.