Some of you may have noticed that the House of Representatives chaplain, Father Connolly, was just summarily fired by Paul Ryan, without explanation. This has caused something of a stir among Catholic members of the House, of whom there are a number on both sides of the aisle, as they say. Two speculative explanations have been offered. One is that on the day the House voted to pass the tax bill, the good Father offered an opening prayer in which, among other things, he expressed the hope that God would guide the members to "guarantee that there are not winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans," clearly a radical call for revolution worthy of the far left fringes of the Latin American Church.
However, a new explanation has surfaced, and it is at this point that I claim a point of personal privilege, for it was my very own Representative Mark Walker, of the North Carolina 6th CD, who gave voice to it. He expressed the hope that the next chaplain would be a man with a wife and children who could draw on that experience to guide the members of his flock.
And then the scales fell from my eyes. It finally made sense. This was a good old authentically American revolt of the Protestants against the upstart Catholics who had long since seized control of the big city Democratic Party machines and were now bringing their popish heresies to the floor of the People's House.
As an atheist of culturally Jewish heritage, I do not have a dog in this fight [if I may use a Southern colloquialism], so I am free to sit back and enjoy the spectacle. What makes it all the more delicious is that Paul Ryan is a Catholic disciple of Ayn Rand, who hated all religion.
You can't make this stuff up.