Looking for the site of the protest against Arizona's new immigration bill (see here), my afternoon inadvertently began with a visit to another demonstration. There was a large media presence at the Lincoln Memorial -- half a dozen satellite equipped television trucks. I asked a cameraman what was going on.
"Good question. You know I've been here for three hours and I still can't figure out what this event is all about."
Over a loudspeaker, a man spoke about his desire for the New York Times to hire an Evangelical Christian. Flags waved on the steps bellow the monument and a crowd of perhaps five hundred gathered in front of the reflecting pool.
I asked around. I was told that it was a "Prayer" demonstration. It seems that some Christians want the government to declare a "national prayer day."
Off to the side under some trees I saw a table with an Arabic language sign. How ecumenical, I thought: Christians and Muslims getting together in the name of prayer.
I was offered a brochure. It was titled "Homegrown Islamic Terrorism: Enemy Camps Surround the U.S." I saw that the pamphlet was put out by a group calling themselves the Christian Action Network. The lady at the table invited me to attend a free screening of "Islam Rising" in a caucus room of the US House of Representatives.
What could this possibly have to do with prayer?