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From Faith to FISA « The Washington Independent

Illustration by: Matt Mahurin

Thanks to Michael Kazin for that great piece on Bryan, Huckabee and the tricky question of applying one’s faith to public life.

I saw the same dilemma on display this afternoon on the Senate floor, when Utah Republicans Robert Bennett and Orrin Hatch each took time out to mourn the passing of Gordon Hinckley, the head of the Mormon church.

Bennett remembered the last sermon offered by Hinckley, back in October, when he talked about "the toxic effects of anger," and how we should do our best to stay free of that emotion. Bennett was with the world’s movers and shakers last week in Davos, where, he said, "I heard a lot of people who could benefit from that sermon." It seems a lot of people he bumped into were angry at "other countries, and officials of other countries," but Bennett wasn’t in the mood to name names.

Hatch followed, speaking about Hinckley as a great businessman and a great church leader. "This is a man I loved."

Then, in a seamless transition from religion to politics, Hatch asked for the chance to speak on the FISA bill now before the Senate. "The potential damage to our sources and methods of allowing these lawsuits to go forward is substantial," he said.

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