Not the usual political prayer venue
Mark Sanford occasionally visited a secretive Christian boarding house for politicians in Washington, reports the Washington Post. Coincidentally, no doubt, fellow adulterer Nevada Senator John Ensign also lived there with a few other politicians.
A rival minister now charges that the house was too secretive, and thus perhaps not demanding enough of its residents and visitors. Is he kidding? Such avoidance of the public spotlight is a refreshing and admirable change from the usual display of public piety that became one of the Republicans’ most annoying traits during the Bush years (naive foreign adventurism being another, related to the first). If more politicians showed the religious modesty of attendees at the nick-named “Prayer House,”* Secular Right would be much less exercised.
*Update: Sanford’s likely successor, South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, does not follow this model of unobtrusive faith, if his campaign for “I Believe” license plates, tagged by Mickey Kaus, is any indication.