Anointing a door

ANOINTING A DOOR…. I mentioned the other day that a couple of fringe religious right activists “anointed” the door Barack Obama will use in the Capitol on his way to the Inauguration platform. But the security for the event is extremely tight; how did the far-right pastors get that kind of access?

It turns out, Rep. Paul Broun (R) of Georgia escorted the religious right figures, the Revs. Patrick Mahoney and Rob Schenck, and allowed them to put oils on the door. (If Broun’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he told reporters in November that he fears that Obama may establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist dictatorship, adding that Obama reminds him of Hitler.)

The video is certainly worth watching, just to get a sense of where these folks are coming from, and also check out Max Blumenthal’s report on the anointing

“An officer from the Capitol Police Department stood immediately on the other side of the door, keeping watch over the inaugural stage, a top security concern for both his department and the Secret Service. With his back turned to the door, the officer appeared unaware of the secret ceremony Broun, Mahoney, and Schenck were performing just feet away. Whether security officials gave authorization for the ceremony is unclear; neither the Capitol Police nor Secret Service returned my calls. Broun’s office also refused to respond to my requests for a comment about the anointing.”

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation