by Gin, December 10, 2007 11:58 AM
In a church, young men are being gathered together prior to being shepherded off to their red, white, and blue deaths. To die for God and country! Those assembled laud this as no better fate, especially when accompanied by the slaughter of their faraway (and certainly less than human and likely heathen) enemies. But then a stranger walks in and suggests to them that praying for murder may not be such a good thing after all. Sadly, that prayer is far too common, as Twain makes clear with gravity and brevity. Somehow, it is still shocking, and still true. If Twain were alive today and published this in a newspaper, The War Prayer would easily mark him as a freedom-hating terrorist.