Well, any hope that the Senate might provide some opposition to a bill that would place a prayer plaque at the World War 2 memorial in Washington, DC just disappeared. They not only passed the bill, they did so with no discussion at all on a voice vote.
Just in time for the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday (June 6), the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent passed a bill to include a prayer plaque at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. House will have to approve the bill, known as the World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2013, before it heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature. But political pundits say there is little doubt the House will approve the measure since it passed a similar version of the bill last year…
Michael De Dora, director of public policy for the Center for Inquiry, a humanist organization and member of a coalition of religious and secular groups opposed to the prayer plaque, said the Senate vote was both a surprise and a disappointment.“We thought the Senate would take the long view of this and see the policy implications of adding a Christian prayer to a World War II monument,” De Dora said. “But even more upsetting was the way it was passed. There was no floor debate, no official vote, no one went on the record regarding their position. No one was allowed to speak up and no one did speak up.”
That’s because the bill was passed by “unanimous consent,” a point of parliamentary procedure by which there is no vote, only a chance to register objections. No senator objected.
The only question here is whether Obama will sign it. A couple years ago, the director of the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees such memorials, said he opposed such legislation. Obama has not spoken about it. Ordinarily, it’s the kind of bill a president automatically signs. But this is Obama’s last term in office, so he has little to fear by vetoing it. Still, I doubt he would do so. And once again the Christians get to piss on what they imagine is their territory.