Portman Wants Prayer Added to FDR Memorial

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.

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  • Mr Ed

    maybe I misunderstand but is he saying that Federal monuments can be public forums as long as tax dollars are not used? as long as I use private funds I can add a plaque detailing the wrongs done to American citizens of Japanese heritage by FDR. Maybe some of those from the south would like to add their viewpoint to the Lincoln memorial.

    When you pander consider the consequences

  • Synfandel

    “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.”

    As long as they’re Christians.

  • eamick

    You might want to fix the title; the FDR Memorial is a separate structure located to the south of the Mall near the Tidal Basin.

  • petemoulton

    “…but instead of peeing on it they have to put religious symbols all over it.”

    I don’t see much difference between these two options.

  • D. C. Sessions

    But prayer is something we don’t have in common.

    What do you mean, “we,” Kemosabe?

  • Abdul Alhazred

    The FDR memorial is a feeble abortion anyway. What they need is a bigger than life size equestrian statue like the one of Roosevelt the First in front of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

    But he should be wearing his civilian clothes (including the hat and cigarette in holder), so people will know it’s FDR.

    Also (unlike Teddy’s statue), FDR’s stallion should be rearing up, because FDR died in the saddle. :)

  • colnago80

    Re eamick @ #3

    There appears to be some confusion here. The FDR Memorial is, indeed, located between the Tidal Basin and the Potomac River just northwest of the Jefferson Memorial. The WW 2 memorial is located on the mall just west of 17th Street. Which memorial is Portman trying to have the prayer added to?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick.desper rickdesper

    colnago80 is correct. The WW2 memorial is not the FDR memorial. Both of the quotes refer to the WW2 memorial.

  • eric

    @6:

    The FDR memorial is a feeble abortion anyway.

    I quite like it. I like the architecture and water, I like how it shows events and quotes from each of his terms. I recommend it to people when they come in to town.

    Frankly I’d be okay with the quote if historians were to tell me this was an important or famous speech of his. You’re memorializing the person, not just the office, and if the person is religious, its okay to show that. The key issue for me is whether this was something historically important at the time and relevant to our understanding of his presidency, or just a cherry-picked quote to try and wedge religion into the memorial (and like Ed, I expect its the latter and so oppose it).

    What they need is a bigger than life size equestrian statue like the one of Roosevelt the First

    Dear god, you’re being sarcastic, right? Well, aesthetics is in the eye of the beholder I guess.

  • D. C. Sessions

    I’d be a lot happier with the equestrian theme if he were riding a rampant wheelchair.

  • cry4turtles

    I want to die in the saddle as long as I’m not being shot by hunters on Sunday. Snark snark

  • Matt G

    Why do Republicans hate the First Amendment, and by extension America?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    It’s about time. Me and the family saw the memorial and I says to the wife, “You know what this could use more of? Prayer.”

  • Trebuchet

    How about “Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition”?

    You know, because the former will accomplish nothing so you’d better keep doing the latter.

  • ricko

    I would be the second in his “we”.

    I think FDR was great, but I still wouldn’t want one of his prayers there, because we don’t have a national prayer because we DON’T have a religious government, only SOME of the people.

  • lorn

    Of course, should they succeed in getting their nod to Christianity affixed to the memorial it can be assured that 1) it can never be removed; 2) the presence of the plaque will be, given a decent interval for the lack of it being present in the original iteration to slide down the memory hole, be forevermore cited as further proof that this was from the beginning a Christian nation. Much as “In God we trust” on the money is cited as evidence in contradiction of the simple historic facts as to how it got there.

  • eric

    2) the presence of the plaque will be, given a decent interval for the lack of it being present in the original iteration to slide down the memory hole, be forevermore cited as further proof that this was from the beginning a Christian nation.

    Don’t underestimate the obstinacy of the civil service when it comes to resisting unwanted Congressional demands. I can easily imagine the National Park Service meeting the letter of the amendment by bolting a big, obvious plaque to the stone in a way that is obviously a later add-on (the original phrases are hewn into the concrete/stone, not on plaques). They would also likely continue to sell any pre-made materials about the monument in the gift shop – stuff that doesn’t mention the quote or even recognize its existence – until it runs out. Which, given the monument’s relatively low popularity, could be years or decades. Lastly, the NPS would likely be very open and honest about the history of the monument, and about telling visitors that phrase X was added in 2013 at congressional request. There’s not much Congress can do about civil servants honestly describing the history of various Congressional acts.

  • Paul Timothy

    for the Great T*rd Ed Brayton

    disclose.tv/forum/tam-2013-apostasy-t85249.html

  • Trebuchet

    You don’t suppose “Paul Timothy”, currently at #18, resides in Montreal do you?

  • dingojack

    The solution seems simple;

    since about 78.4% of Americans are christian* only this proportion (randomly determined) of each character should be engraved onto the plaque, the rest should be left blank. Everyone is happy.

    Dingo

    ——-

    * or perhaps it should be more specific.

    51.3% in English and/or German (Protestants)

    23.9% in Latin (Catholics)

    1.7% in some weird made-up alien language (Mormons)

    Less than 0.3% each in Russian and Greek (Orthodox)

    [1.7% in Hebrew (Jewish)

    0.7% in various Asian languages (Buddhist)

    0.6% in Arabic (Muslim)

    0.4% in Sanskrit (Hindu)]

    etc.

    SOURCE

  • mikeyb

    IMHO FDR with all his flaws was still our greatest president. My only prayer is we come back to our senses and get back to the kind of Keynsian economics which lead to the one and only time in our history in which we actually had a thriving sustainable middle class.

  • annabright

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  • dingojack

    Anna – I’m assuming your handle is supposed to be ironic, right?

    $19184 per month is (pro rata) $230208 p.a.

    At $85 per hour that’s 2708.3294 hrs per year or 7 hours, 24 minutes and 54 seconds per day.

    (Allowing yourself 2 days off a week that would be 10 hrs, 22 mins & 52 secs per day).

    “…a few hours a day… “? I think not.

    Maths h0w doeZ it Work?!?

    Dingo

  • Walton

    as long as I use private funds I can add a plaque detailing the wrongs done to American citizens of Japanese heritage by FDR.

    I wish someone would do that. It shouldn’t be forgotten that he was a thoroughgoing racist who put people in internment camps because of their ethnicity. (And who, earlier, relied on the support of racists in the South to get elected.) FDR was no hero.

  • dingojack

    Not just FDR: –

    “If making 1,000,000 innocent Japanese uncomfortable would prevent one scheming Japanese from costing the life of an American boy, then let 1,000,000 innocents suffer,”

    – Henry McLemore, columnist, Los Angeles Times.

    Dingo

  • dingojack

    I also found this on the Internet

    (I am not endorsing the contents of the above in any way, merely presenting it for comment/discussion).

    Dingo

  • stacy123

    what Patrick replied I’m shocked that a person can get paid $9492 in four weeks on the computer. did you read this website BAM21.COM

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    They allus wanna add a prayer for the people who said, “Oh, GOD!” after being shot or blowed up In combat. Whyn’t they never wanna put up one for allathem guys said, “Ah,FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKKK!!”–a substantially represented demographic, imo.

  • Trebuchet

    Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Eggs, and Spam! That’s not got much spam in it!

    Saw a Mabus/Markuze post here yesterday as well.

  • sbuh

    Is this post mistitled? They’re talking about adding FDR’s prayer to the WWII Memorial, not adding a prayer to the FDR Memorial (which incidentally due to its open spaces is one of my favorite Presidential memorials).

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    sbuh, both wrong. They’re talking about adding WWII to the Prayer Memorial.