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    Ryan forced House chaplain to resign

    And no one knows why:

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers is demanding answers from Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) about why he forced House Chaplain Patrick Conroy to resign.

    The group, led by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), is planning to send a letter to Ryan to ask for a “description of the process followed to arrive at the decision and a justification for that decision.”

    “We believe that, absent such details, questions will inevitably arise about the politicization of the process for hiring and dismissing a House chaplain,” the lawmakers wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Hill. “Not revealing such details could also risk resurrecting prior questions of religious bias.”

    “Absent transparency, we are also concerned about the implicit damage done to the reputation of the House chaplain personally,” the lawmakers add. “Continued silence on this matter could allow unfair and utterly unfounded inferences to be made about his character and the evenhandedness of the House on dealing in matters of faith.”

    Reps. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), and Carol Shea-Porter(D-N.H.) are also spearheading the effort; the letter is currently being circulated to other colleagues to collect more signatures.

    The effort comes after The Hill reported on Thursday that Conroy’s retirement — announced by the Speaker’s office last week — was not voluntary, as lawmakers had initially believed.

    Lawmakers demand answers on chaplain firing

    There's speculation it may have to do with this:


    A Democratic lawmaker, as well as a Democratic aide, said that Conroy was ousted because he offered a prayer on the House floor that could have been perceived as being critical of the GOP tax-cut bill.

    It would really suck if this was about partisanship.
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    Maybe it's because of comments he made Nov 6th of last year regarding the tax bill?

    “As legislation on taxes continues to be debated this week and next, may all members be mindful that the institutions and structures of our great Nation guarantee the opportunities that have allowed some to achieve great success, while others continue to struggle...May their efforts these days guarantee that there are not winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans.”
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    Both Democrats and Republicans are troubled by the precedent this could set.

    Representatives Walter B. Jones, Republican of North Carolina, and Gerald E. Connolly, Democrat of Virginia, are circulating a letter for their colleagues to sign, asking Mr. Ryan for more information.

    “I’m very upset,” Mr. Jones said. “If this is true about the prayer, and we have freedom of religion in America, how about freedom of religion on the floor of the House?”

    “The members of the House vote for the chaplain,” he continued. “This is not a one-man decision. The House should have the facts of whatever the problem is.”

    Mr. Connolly said he was worried about the precedent Mr. Ryan’s decision could set. The letter asks the speaker for a description of the process that was followed, and for a justification of the decision.

    “We believe that, absent such details, questions will inevitably arise about the politicization of the process for hiring and dismissing a House chaplain,” the letter says. “Not revealing such details could also risk resurrecting prior questions of religious bias.”
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...z&ocid=U143DHP

    And Father Conroy made a good point.

    “If you are hospital chaplain, you are going to pray about health,” he added. “If you are a chaplain of Congress, you are going to pray about what Congress is doing.”
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    Supposedly this is an explanation:

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/38...d-door-meeting

    "It's time for a change" doesn't answer a lot of questions.

    It'll be interesting to see who his replacement is.

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