Powerline Blogger Mirengoff is back on the internets after a self imposed 15 month exile for writing this about the Tucson Shootings Memorial Service.
The reason? He didn't like the opening prayer:
As for the "ugly," I'm afraid I must cite the opening "prayer" by Native American Carlos Gonzales. It was apparently was some sort of Yaqui Indian tribal thing, with lots of references to "the creator" but no mention of God. Several of the victims were, as I understand it, quite religious in that quaint Christian kind of way (none, to my knowledge, was a Yaqui). They (and their families) likely would have appreciated a prayer more closely aligned with their religious beliefs.
But it wasn't just Gonzales's prayer that was "ugly" under the circumstances. Before he ever got to the prayer, Gonzales provided us with a mini-auto biography and made several references to Mexico, the country from which (he informed us) his family came to Arizonain the mid 19th century. I'm not sure why Gonzales felt that Mexico needed to intrude into this service, but I have an idea.
In any event, the invocation could have used more God, less Mexico.
The real problem with this type of riff? Surely you can find more virulent rhetoric in the wingnut-O-sphere. Mirengoff's law firms makes cash off representing Native American Tribes. Money talks.