Last time I had heard of Rev. Rob Schenck, he was anointing the doorway President Obama would pass through on the way to his Inauguration.
With the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor scheduled to begin on July 13th, Schenck is back.
He has decided to bless the door of Senate Hart Building Room 216, the probable location of the hearings.
Thankfully, he used oil blessed by a Catholic priest. Because we know if it had been any of that crazy “Lutheran oil” again, we’d all be screwed…?
Schenck is the President of Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capital. In a letter to his followers, he wrote this:
As I prayed, I touched the doors in three spots, making the sign of the cross. I prayed for God to superintend over the entire confirmation process and mark them with truth because Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life,” and He prayed to His Father, saying, “Thy Word is Truth.” Of course, in the end, we always pray that God’s will be done.
At some point, this just gets really creepy for me.
I’m not sure if it’s the notion that a stranger can just put oil on a Senate office door (is that even allowed?) or if it’s that Schenck puts a lot of weight on the fact that he touched the door a specific number of times in very specific places.
I also wonder why he must anoint the door in person, if he believes what he does. Are his prayers no good from a distance?
And does anyone else think he’s going to snap if they end up moving the location. Or is that ok because the deed has already been done? In which case, why was it so important in the first place…?
I’ll give him credit for one thing, though — this is the first conservative Christian group leader I’ve seen doing something (theoretically, but not really) good for her. He wasn’t calling her racist or unfit; he just wants the hearings to be “blessed” and “truthful,” whatever those things mean to him.
The guy still creeps me out, but I suppose his heart’s in the right place…?
(via Life Without Faith)