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The War Prayer (2007)

The War Prayer starring Alison Aulakh, Kristen Clement, and Thomas Dekker. Outraged by American military intervention in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War, Mark Twain wrote a short story called "The War Prayer" in 1905. Harper's Bazaar Magazine ... See full summary »

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Anthony Fitzgerald ... Prayer
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John Dahl Honoré ... Keyboard Player
Krystal Landrum ... Congregation Member
Maleena Lawrence ... Congregant
Kimberly Ohanesian ... Congregant
Erik Ortman ... Soldier
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Joseph Silva ... Congregant
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Outraged by American military intervention in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War, Mark Twain wrote a short story called "The War Prayer" in 1905. Harper's Bazaar Magazine rejected the piece, as did Twain's own publisher. Even his family and friends feared it was 'sacrilegious', and the story remained unpublished until 1923...thirteen years after his death. "I don't think the prayer will be published in my time. None but the dead are permitted to tell the truth." Written by Anonymous

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Army of Christ
Music & Lyrics by Dan Studney
Performed by Thomas Dekker
Music Produced & Arranged by 'John Dahl Honoré'
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A Simple Prayer For Truth
5 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

War is human nature at it's worst. It is the last refuge of the incompetent (or Congress), it is the destruction of the poor, the elevation of the powerful. It can bring out the best in us only when we are able to transcend the worst. I've loved Clemens since my youth and discovered this work about forty years ago, right after I got back from Vietnam. I wish, fervently that this could be discovered by more people, more often. Perhaps War could be made obsolete, a sad and regrettable product of our more primitive past.....

Then again, perhaps not. After watching what has happened in America over the last ten years, let alone over the last 105 years, I think that we can be held up as a portrait of humanity at it's free-est.... and it's worst, at times. Since 2003 and the invasion of Iraq, the US has slunk into the depths of it's own worst fears: it has become a bully and a tyrant that can only strike that which it cannot understand.

Peace is all that any human wants. Let us try to give that to each other....


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