Recall my prior post, Big Law Firm Takes Down Big Conservative Blogger, about how Paul Mirengoff of Power Line Blog was forced by his big law firm stop blogging after a blog post Mirengoff made after the Tucson shooting memorial service, in which the service was opened with a prayer, of sorts, from an American Indian tribal leader:
“As for the ‘ugly,’ I’m afraid I must cite the opening ‘prayer’ by Native American Carlos Gonzales,” Mirengoff wrote. It “apparently was some sort of Yaqui Indian tribal thing, with lots of references to ‘the creator’ but no mention of God. Several of the victims were, as I understand it, quite religious in that quaint Christian kind of way (none, to my knowledge, was a Yaqui). They (and their families) likely would have appreciated a prayer more closely aligned with their religious beliefs.”
As I noted at the time, Mirengoff’s post was not an attack on American Indians, the Yaqui tribe, or the participation of the tribal leader in a tribal prayer.
The point of the post quite clearly was on the absurdity of not having a Christian prayer said for Christian victims. The lack of a Christian (or Jewish) prayer was commented on and criticized by a lot of people, and I agree with that criticism. The American Indian leader was welcome to participate with a traditional prayer, but if you were going to have a memorial service, why not also pay religious respect to the people you were mourning?
But that was not good enough for one of Mirengoff’s law partners [at Akin Gump], James Meggesto, who issued a sanctimonious statement saying he was “shocked, appalled and embarrassed” by Mirengoff’s “insensitive” “web posting.”
Shortly thereafter, after the Chairman of Akin Gump piled on, Mirengoff left Power Line.
I can’t express how happy I am to be back at Power Line. I’m grateful to John, Scott, and Joe Malchow for their friendship and moral support during the past 15 months, and for holding a place at the blog for me.
I also thank Steve Hayward for filling the gap I left, and then some. It’s quite an honor to be replaced by someone of Steve’s stature, learning, and ability. I’m thrilled to be working with him….
My return to blogging coincides with my retirement from the practice of law. With all that extra time on my hands, I hope to be a better, more productive blogger this time around.
As for the partners at Akin Gump who forced Mirengoff to leave Power Line in the first place ….