Senate chaplain tells Fox News: ‘Any objective observer’ can see the shutdown ‘insanity’

By David Edwards
Sunday, October 13, 2013 13:35 EDT
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Barry Black speaks to Fox News
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In a recent interview, U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black told Fox News that “any objective observer” could see that there was a “certain insanity” in Congress that allowed the ongoing government shutdown to take place.

Following an impasse over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law that left the government partially shut down, Black had become somewhat of a celebrity when he used his one-minute prayer on the Senate floor to give lawmakers a daily scolding.

“Any objective observer would see a certain insanity in some of the things that have happened in this government shutdown,” Black explained to Fox News host Chris Wallace.

“In a spiritual sense, what will it take for our leaders to get together and sign this?” the Fox News host wondered.

“It’s going to take humility,” Black pointed out. “There’s a Proverb that says pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. So, making a commitment to be stewards, to being servants — and that’s going to involve humility.”

Black said that a number of senators had told him that they were thinking about things differently because of his daily “prayers.”

Watch this video from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Oct. 13, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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