Religion: Impious Buffoon

"Another preacher prayed this morning and had to read his prayer. There hasn't been a one that could make an impromptu prayer."

These were the words with which Buffoon Will Rogers described the invocation of the deity at the sessions of the Republican Convention (see p. 9). Will Rogers spoke without reverence but he spoke the truth. Four divines — an Episcopalian, a Catholic, a Hebrew and a Methodist—had. prayed on four successive days with a great air of spontaneity but without lifting their eyes from the written page to God. Though extemporaneous outpourings could only reasonably have been expected from the...

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