Paul Ryan Fired The House Chaplain After He Prayed For The Poor

It’s no secret that the rich benefit hugely under the new GOP tax law, with the top 1% netting an additional $33,000 per year. The poor? A measly $40.

The GOP regularly send meaningless “thoughts and prayers” to people who suffer misfortune, but when the House chaplain showed he legitimately — as a man of God — cared about everyone during a prayer late last year, Paul Ryan told him to hit the bricks. For some reason he waited until just now to do so, but numerous lawmakers confirm that the prayer was the motivating factor behind Ryan demanding the chaplain’s resignation.

“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,” now former Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy prayed in November. “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.”

Unfortunately, the idea that tax benefits should be shared by “all Americans” doesn’t quite work with the GOP’s vision of the future. Ryan was reportedly furious that, in his view, the prayer “tilted to Democrats” because it correctly implied that the rich benefit more than the poor, according to Rep. Gerry Connolly.

“I am informed reliably by my Republican friends about this,” Connolly says. “They cite that as evidence as that being more political than he’s comfortable with.” Another Democrat tells HuffPo that “several lawmakers” confirm that Ryan’s decision was driven by the prayer.

As you have requested, I hereby offer my resignation as the 60th Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives,” Conroy writes in his letter of resignation.