Monday, April 29, 2013


Officious Prayer

I like this:
Thursday is the National Day of Prayer, and if you want to pray, by all means have at it.

I'll let you in on a little secret: You can pray (or not) as dictated by your very own conscience. You don't need any branch of the government to tell you what to do when it comes to religion.

At Americans United, we find the National Day of Prayer offensive for a number of reasons. In the first place, it violates the constitutional separation of church and state. Congress passed a federal law requiring the president to acknowledge the day. Most governors follow suit, thus giving Americans the false notion that elected officials have some sort of official role in religious matters. ...

There is a little bit of good news here: During the presidency of George W. Bush, the White House usually held a big public NDP event and invited Religious Right leaders. It was Bush's way of letting the Religious Right know that he appreciated the movement's support. President Barack Obama ended that practice. Obama will sign a proclamation (remember, by law he has to), but it's unlikely that any far-right radio and TV preachers will be lurking at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Thursday.

Seriously? I had no idea it was government-sanctioned. Looked up some more about it, it started in 1952. And in 1954 the phrase 'under God' was added to the Pledge of Allegiance. It just all seems so Cold War.

Fun fact: the Pledge of Allegiance was written by a Baptist minister who was a Christian socialist.

-- pew sitter
It just all seems so Cold War.

The Cold War hasn't ended, the enemy has just become Muslims and gays and women.
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Hi, Dennis. Bye, Dennis.
The Cold War hasn't ended, the enemy has just become Muslims and gays and women.

Good point....

-- pew sitter
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