Tuesday 6 December 2016

POTUS Masterson. I haven't a prayer

John Masterson

Published 14/03/2016 | 02:30

Hilary Clinton
Hilary Clinton

I was fortunate that my first schoolteacher was a woman called Lena Wray. She was an excellent teacher, but I don't even have to close my eyes to hear her in desperation pleading, "God grant me patience." We were an exasperating lot and the teacher/pupil ratio left a lot to be desired. From age four I doubted the power of prayer because we loved her dearly but never saw any sign of her developing patience.

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In the USA, God matters a lot to voters. So it was perfectly normal for Hillary Clinton to be asked in a debate last week "To whom and for what do you pray?" Note the assumption that she does pray. No admitted atheist will make it to the White House for a while.

She said she does pray, and listed things like family, sick people, people with heavy responsibility, and in each cast you could have substituted "think about" with no loss of meaning. She didn't say who she prayed to. Then she went on to add that she "prayed for the will of God to be known so we can follow and fulfil it to the best of our abilities."

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