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Praying to Zeus

So yesterday at work we had our formal change of command ceremony.  Our old commander is gone and the new guy is here, whatever his name is.  Seriously, I should probably know his name, but I don’t and the bad thing I don’t even know if I care.  That’s neither here nor there.  So anytime at a military function we always have the arrival of the official party, the entering of the flag by a color guard, the singing of the national anthem, all of this followed by an invocation.  No problems yet, right?  This is how every official military function goes and it’s typically done without any bumps.  Well yesterday during the ceremony the chaplain gets up, who I already don’t like very much anyway.  I mean, nothing personal against him I don’t know him, but I doubt he could be pastor over a church where he had to get voted in by the people.  Although I’ve only seen him in official functions and maybe he is better in ‘normal’ church than at these functions.  At least I thought this until yesterday, now I want to go out of curiousity more than anything.  He starts his prayer, “Oh Zeus, god of thunder and lightning, hear our prayer oh god.”  Now mind you we do work at the weather agency and since it was the weather commander who was stepping down, maybe he thought it would be cute.  I also want to mention I’m not being some sort of religious bigot here either, I was not the only one who started to look around.  I didn’t even know people prayed to the greek gods, and I wonder why he chose greek, wasn’t there a roman god who also was god of thunder and lightning?  Why didn’t he choose that one.  Now I would have felt just as awkward pretending to pray had he been praying to Buddha or Allah or some other diety.  So this was the talk of the office yesterday afternoon, and I was not the only one who found this extremely odd.  I didn’t even know christians (to include catholics) were allowed to pray to other gods like Zeus.  I assume he is christian, I guess he could be mormon, he doesn’t look Islamic.  I thought mormons were even more strict about who they were allowed to pray to?  I don’t know much about their religion.  Either way, our chaplain is out there in right field all by himself, or at least he was yesterday with his prayer to Zeus.  What are your thoughts on this?  Am I just being dumb?

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March 27, 2008 at 4:10 pm 1 comment


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