Paul Ryan fired House Chaplain Patrick Conroy after he prayed for “fairness” when the GOP was preparing to pass their lopsided tax bill that almost solely benefits corporations and Trump’s billionaire and millionaire friends.
Inside sources from both parties claim that Conroy was ousted after Ryan became frustrated with the chaplain’s attempt to bring bipartisanship to the capitol.
A report from The Hill suggests that “four different sources” confirm that Conroy was told to retire or he would be fired by Ryan.
In response, a bipartisan group of lawmakers plans to send a letter to Paul Ryan in which they will demand that he explain the decision.
Democrats believe Ryan fired Conroy “because Republicans thought he was aligned with Democrats.”
On the first day of the markup on the GOP’s tax bill, Conroy gave a prayer in which he urged lawmakers to ensure their legislation would help America’s poorest citizens.
“May all Members be mindful that the institutions and structures of our great Nation guarantee the opportunities that have allowed some to achieve great success, while others continue to struggle,” Conroy prayed. “May their efforts these days guarantee that there are no winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans.”
Conroy also invited a Muslim to give an opening prayer which likely contributed to his ouster given the Trump administration’s often racist views.
“Some of the more conservative evangelical Republicans didn’t like that the Father had invited a Muslim person to give the opening prayer,” the source told The Hill.
The real question should be why there is a religious position within a government organization in the first place. Apparently, a Muslim praying to lawmakers is more serious to the Republican party than that pesky separation of church or state clause in our constitution. The First Amendment prevents the government from officially recognizing or favoring any religion.
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