Petition calls for US House of Representatives chaplain to be cast out

Petition calls for US House of Representatives chaplain to be cast out July 20, 2019
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AFTER detecting ‘an evil presence’ in the US House of Representatives this week, Rev Patrick Conroy, 68, performed an ‘exorcism’ in which he asked God to cast out ‘dark spirits’ from the House.

This mumbo-jumbo was just too much for someone called Todd Deluca, who has just launched a petition calling for the casting out of House chaplain Conroy, a Roman Catholic Jesuit.

The House chaplaincy, for the record, costs the country $415,000 per year which includes Conroy’s salary of $155,000.

Deluca’s petition says:

We should be free from this nonsense as a matter of personal rights to be free from religion.  Secondly, we are guaranteed a separation of state and church.  While we may have tolerated a moment of silence, reflection, or even simple prayer as a matter of tradition this type of over the top superstition can not be allowed and demonstrates why the promise of separation and the right of individual freedom from religion must trump tradition. 

This petitions seeks to assert our rights, have the chaplain removed, end prayer in all branches of government and provide a clear and complete separation of church and state.

The Democratic congressman [Emanuel Cleaver] who presided over a recent contentious debate on the House floor revealed in a Thursday interview with Martha MacCallum that he agreed with the House chaplain’s prayer to exorcise the congressional chamber.

Conroy decided that the House needed “cleansing” after shouting had erupted on the floor on Tueday as representatives bickered over a resolution to condemn President Trump’s racist tweets.

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Missouri Democrat Representative Emanuel Cleaver, above, who abandoned the chair during the row, said:

Father Patrick and I sat together earlier the day of all of the chaos and confusion during the resolution concerning President Trump. And he said to me – leaned over and said, ‘You know, I feel a presence in here, an evil presence.’ He said it’s not a Democrat or a Republican. He said there’s something else going on here. He said, ‘I’m going to have to pray tomorrow to ask God to cleanse this place’.

During Thursday morning’s opening prayer, Conroy invoked God’s help to dispel what he described as:

Darker spirits [that] seem to have been at play in the people’s House.

He specifically cast out spirits of discouragement, petty divisiveness, and sadness.

Cleaver, who is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and holds a Master of Divinity degree from St. Paul School of Theology, then referenced the sixth chapter of Ephesians in the New Testament, which teaches that mankind contends with invisible evil.

It’s hard to argue with Father Patrick because there is a mess going on here, and the tragedy is that I think there are many Americans who think it’s OK.

Apart from “spiritual enemies”, Cleaver expressed fear that foreign adversaries of the US will take advantage of the inner turmoil roiling the nation.

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  • Broga

    These people are running the USA? This means that these preposterous beliefs influence legislation which affects everyone. Not that the UK can be complacent with the number of unelected bishops, doing very nicely at £300 a time whenever they decide to sign in, thanks very much, in the House of Lords.

  • Etranger

    Well, Father Conroy, if you really were worth anything, you would have realized that the evil presence was the Republican ideology and you would have taken action. Instead, you “blamed both sides.” You are a charlatan, as are all preachers.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    RACISTS &#8203gonna &#8203RACIST. &#8203 &#8203Notice &#8203he &#8203did &#8203not &#8203say &#8203’evil &#8203spirits’ &#8203he &#8203said &#8203’DARK’. &#8203 &#8203Who &#8203the &#8203fuck &#8203do &#8203YOU &#8203think &#8203he &#8203was &#8203talking &#8203about?

  • persephone

    A lot of the founders, or their ancestors, immigrated because of not being Anglicans. That’s why Baptists, Methodists, Catholics, and Lutherans are pretty common here, leading to a higher percentage of the population being religious. It makes it harder for atheists, agnostics, and humanists.

  • Sophotroph

    Poorly-lit spirits?

  • Cozmo the Magician

    Maybe he was saying they was German. Like german beer is dark unlike the pale stuff they brew here in the US.

  • steveiam

    How about ‘casting out’ worthless, taxpayer funded lemmings like this Chaplain. They are only revered by the phony bible humpers, led by the Pence like Evengelicals.

  • ralphmeyer

    Clearly another stupid insignificant whacko religionist who still ridiculously believes in non-existent entities. This crumb-bum would be hilarious did not some fools actually take him seriously… His blather should have been greeted with wild laughter by the House!

  • adriancrutch
  • Flint8ball

    I get so angry when I hear about this sort of nonsense spending. Just think how low our taxes could be if we didn’t have to eat these sort of costs, religious or otherwise. UGH.

  • Michael Bean

    Why doesn’t the invisible man in the sky just get rid of all this evil…what’s he waiting for?

  • HFR

    Exorsim? Demons witches? Look up “ERGOT POISONING”. This whole Catholic exorcism scam has been known about for a long time.

  • DrSkeep

    Or, to paraphrase Pogo, “We have met the Nastiness and it is supernaturalism”.