Holy Water

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By Bill Maher

After Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress, Philadelphia-area US Representative Bob Brady went up to the lectern and took the water glass the Pope had been drinking from. According to the Philadelphia Daily News, he carried the Pope’s remaining water back to his office where he, his wife and some staffers sipped some of it and then he called US Senator Bob Casey into his office and he and his wife and mother all dipped their fingers into the water.

“Brady said he then poured the rest of the water into a bottle and will use it to bless his four grandchildren, who range in age from 7 to 18, and his 1-year-old great-granddaughter.”

Why shouldn’t I be alarmed? We roll our eyes at ultra-Orthodox “Kohen” Jews who seal themselves in plastic bags when they fly on airplanes because they believe passing over a cemetery will render them impure or at the Kali of India who dress up as humanoid birds and hang themselves from hooks to pacify their god. Is Bob Brady and Bob Casey’s Papal-water reverence really that much crazier?

I’m just saying I worry about a country whose leaders treat another man’s backwash like it’s some sort of magic serum.