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Senate Chaplain Barry ****** Quotes ****** to CBN News After Iranian Prayer Controversy

U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry ****** is responding to questions and critiques after he offered a prayer this week for those mourning the ****** of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

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“Lord, we pray for the Iranian people who mourn the ****** of their president,” ****** said during an invocation on the Senate floor Monday.

Raisi, the 63-year-old Iranian leader known for extensive human rights abuses, ***** Sunday in a helicopter ****** along with others.

Critics immediately 

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 to ******’s invocation with frustration and outrage, with some arguing Raisi “shouldn’t be mourned or prayed for.”

****** told CBN News Thursday he wrestled with the decision but felt compelled by compassion to seek **** on behalf of those mourning. The chaplain appealed to ******’ own words on the cross to justify his controversial move.

“That same *******, when crucified, the first words from His lips were words that said, ‘Forgive them. They know not what they do,’” ****** said. “He was praying for His executioners.”

He continued, “He not only admonished that we pray even for enemies, but He demonstrated it as He was being crucified for those who nailed Him to the cross.”

****** also appealed to other portions of Scripture to explain his decision. He highlighted the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 12:15, which reads, “Be happy with those who are happy and weep with those who weep.”

Despite the complex geopolitical facts surrounding Iran and the ever-emotional situation in the Middle East after ******’ Oct. ******* ******* on *******, ****** said his prayer was an attempt to obediently follow *******’s commands.

“I am basically doing what my boss, ******, has commissioned me to do,” he said, detailing some of the other ways in which ****** served those who opposed Him. “[*******] is the model. He prayed in the upper room when one of His own was about to betray Him. He was about to be betrayed, and then He washed His betrayer’s feet.”

Ultimately, ****** said the prayer was a struggle for him — one he “did wrestle with.” But he felt moved to offer kindness and compassion to the Iranian people.

“I just felt that, as a ********** preacher, I was filled with compassion for the Iranian people I saw on TV,” ****** said. “There were people that were crying out to their ****, that this accident, they didn’t have clarity about.”

The chaplain’s decision to pray for the Iranian people comes amid controversy over the U.S. State Department’s official statement on Raisi’s ******, which also extended such sympathies.

“The ******* States expresses its official condolences for the ****** of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian, and other members of their delegation in a helicopter ****** in northwest Iran,” an official statement 

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. “As Iran selects a new president, we reaffirm our support for the Iranian people and their struggle for human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

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