Mood: crushed out
Topic: "Sauron Psalms" (2)
Frodo has been considering the ecumenical status of political life. He has been researching his memory for a single instance in any of the collected statements of George W. Bush in which the speaker has cited a biblical chapter and verse. "Wouldn't it seem logical," said Frodo, "that this, the President who has most depended on a public display of faith, would fill his speeches with references to the Book of Genesis, or to St. Matthew, or even to Psalms?"
"You raise an interesting point, Mr. Frodo," said Sam. "I cannot recall a single instance where the President has ever mentioned the most rudimentary citation, John 3:16 for example."
"Sam, he's reminded of that citation every time he turns on a sporting event."
"That raises a question Mr. Frodo, what ever happened to that goofy white guy with the rainbow wig that seemed to find his way into every sports arena, in front of every camera, wiith a sign in reference to John 3:16?"
"You know Sam, come to think of it, I can't recall seeing him, at least since before Hurricane Katrina."
"And what about Chicken George?," Sam added. "I haven't seen him in a long time. Hey, what about the San Diego Chicken?"
"Sam, your questions are interesting, but you're getting off my point," cautioned Frodo.
"I'm sorry, Mr. Frodo, it's just that you've made me think about how much things have changed since Sauron took possession of the Ring."
"I understand Sam, and I accept your point that things we took for granted are no longer a part of our everyday lives. It is my belief that the reason that we never hear the President refer to biblical passages is because he doesn't know any."
Sam looked surprised. "You mean that all the 'faith-based this' and faith-based that' is somebody else's idea?"
"Sam, I think it's all a sham, and I don't mean a single reference to 'hair on a bull'."
"That, Mr. Frodo, is a weak joke."
"Sorry Sam, but what I mean is that I've always been suspicious of people who wear their 'faith' on their sleeve, and use it to justify, or even to hide, an ulterior purpose or motive, if you will."
Sam looked puzzled, and gazed toward the horizon. "You think the whole faith thing of George W. Bush is a put-on?"
"Sam, I would bet dollars to donuts that not a single day goes by that George W. Bush does not take the name of the Lord in vain. I believe I could substantiate the fact that he has violated Nine of the Ten Commandments."
Sam paused. "Nine of Ten?"
"May I be so naive as to inquire as to the one you seem to feel he has honored?"
"Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother."
"I'll buy that. Whose ass has he been coveting? Oh, I forgot about his Secretary of. . ."