The War Prayer

This is the god that people, who believe war is divine, worship:

“O Lord Our Father: Our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle–be Thou near them. Help our soldiers to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst … broken in spirit,worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it. Do this for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, etc”

Note 1: The prayer is certainly not to my God.
Note 2: Mark Twain wrote The War Prayer during the US war on the Philippines. It was submitted for publication in 1905, but rejected. Because he had an exclusive contract with Harper & Brothers, Twain could not publish “The War Prayer” elsewhere. Eight days later, Twain wrote to his friend Dan Beard, to whom he had read the story, “I don’t think the prayer will be published in my time. None but the dead are permitted to tell the truth.” It remained unpublished until 1923.
(From a comment on Unorthodoxology)

UPDATE: Related discussion at NZ Conservative: War is Ugly

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