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Turn, turn, turn

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 25, 2004

A politican dies. An archbishop preaches at the funeral. There is a "time for every purpose," he says. He is quoting from...

Ecclesiastes, you say? Well yes, yes, of course. And he does mention that.

But first billing goes to the Byrds, the deceased's favorite rock group, who put those words into one of their hit songs.

You can always quote from Scripture, you know. But nothing makes the Word of God sound quote so "relevant" as a quote from a song of the 1960s.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 25, 2004 12:40 PM ET USA

    Wasn't the song actually written by Communist-oriented Pete Seeger? Looking back, it is surprising (well, perhaps not) that so many "folk" songs were Leftist propaganda.

  • Posted by: shrink - Jun. 25, 2004 11:48 AM ET USA

    Rev Daniel P. Coughlin is the chaplain of the House of Representatives. In his opening prayer at the coffin of Ronald Reagan, he begins and ends with the tale by T.S. Eliot, as the wheel turns. I do not recall him referring to any member of the Trinity. The only distinctively Catholic feature of it was the reference to Eliot, otherwise, it would have passed the Wicca test.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 25, 2004 10:59 AM ET USA

    At least it wasn't Bob Dylan (yawn) again.

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