Today’s flap over prayer at Wichita City Council meetings brings to mind an old joke:
A man goes to Washington and takes a tour of the Capitol.
As they lead him into the public viewing gallery in Congress, he sees a man at the podium, wearing a clerical collar, holding a Bible aloft in his hand and praying for all he’s worth.
“Who’s that?” asks the visitor.
“That’s the congressional chaplain,” the guide replies.
“So he comes in every morning and prays for the Congress?” asks the visitor.
“Nope,” says the tour guide. “He comes in every morning, takes one look at the Congress, and then he prays for the country.”