President Truman first declared a national day of prayer back in 1952. In 1988, Reagan amended the law, clarifying that the day would be observed on the first Thursday in May. It comes as NO suprise to me that Obama has decided to celebrate the day “privately”. Of course he has. He doesn’t salute our flag, even when visiting military bases, nor does he participate in opening prayers. In fact, when he recently visited Georgetown University, the White House demanded that all religious symbols be covered during his speech. (Shame on Georgetown for obliging!!)
How dare he ask a Christian University to cover it’s identity while he speaks there! How amazingly creepy that he is afraid to take the stage if there are Christian symbols around. Did he not know that Georgetown was Catholic? Okay, yeah, it is getting harder to tell if an institution of higher learning is Catholic or not, based on the fact that they keep inviting speakers who are passionately against their religious beliefs, and then giving in to their ridiculous demands. But the fact remains: Obama didn’t want to share the stage with God. Now, I’m wondering if it would have been the same at a Muslim university. (Is there such a thing?)
Is he afraid of offending atheists? At a Christian university??? If that were the case, then he should not have accepted their invitation to speak. Of course, they shouldn’t have invited him. Neither should Notre Dame have invited him. But I digress.
Here’s the deal, and I don’t think it should take much more than a lab rat to figure it out: if you are an atheist, and you don’t believe in any god, then why on earth would you be threatened by people who do? I don’t believe in the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus, but I’m not alarmed or offended when someone else does. If atheists truly do not believe in a higher power, then WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF? Nobody is making them pray. That’s ludicrous. Yet they are doing a tremendous amount of what we here in the South refer to as “carryin’ on” about prayer, and national days thereof.
The Freedom from Religion foundation in Wisconsin has actually filed a lawsuit against said day of prayer! According to the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) website:
While the lawsuit discusses specific prayer declarations and the efforts of the National Day of Prayer Task Force (headed by Shirley Dobson), it presents a broad attack on the National Day of Prayer itself. The lawsuit claims that official prayer proclamations “convey to non-religious Americans that they are expected to believe in God” and “send a message that believers in religion are political insiders – and non-believers are political outsiders.” The lawsuit argues that “[t]he designation of a National Day of Prayer has the intent and the effect of giving official recognition to the endorsement of religion; a National Day of Prayer has no secular rationale.” The lawsuit seeks a court declaration that the federal statute recognizing the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional and that specific prayer proclamations issued by President Bush and the Governor of Wisconsin are unconstitutional.
Give me a break! Don’t these people have anything better to do? Apparently not. Because I sure don’t see any hospitals or homeless shelters or any other sort of community service facility being erected or run by atheists. Or Muslims. Or any of the other mouthy, selfish, special interest groups. Apparently only the Jews and Christians are interested in helping/healing people. Wonder what would happen if they only started helping Jews and Christians? If all those other folks running around bashing “people of faith” would cry ‘Foul!’ when they needed a broken bone splinted or some sort of emergency surgery? Oh, yeah, I almost forgot. . . they would invoke the new “Hate Crime” legislation they are so rabidly panting after. (See: “Thought Crimes” in 1984 by George Orwell).