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Shah's address stood in stark contrast to Carson’s 2013 speech. He even echoed some of the themes Obama presented in his recent State of the Union address, which isn’t surprising since he’s a member of the Obama administration. That’s a rare departure from past prayer breakfasts, which have featured cultural figures, singers, and authors.

Carson delivered his attacks on Obamacare last year standing just feet away from where Obama sat. The president also had to sit nearby two years ago when Eric Metaxas, the best-selling Christian author of a biography on Dietrich Bonheoffer, compared today’s abortion culture with slavery and the Nazi’s extermination of the Jews. This year, the president had an easier time listening to Shah, who was raised with a Hindu heritage as an Indian-American.

But in his speech, Shah noted that he has attended Senate prayer gatherings. He also told Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan while calling on people to “practice our faith the hard way by serving the least fortunate.”

“Governments can’t do this by themselves,” Shah added. “We have to put the power of business and science into the hands of those who live their faith and serve this common purpose.”

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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