I have a question.
WHY today in these United States of America, is there such a thing as an annual
National Day of Prayer...presided over by whoever happens to be President at the time?
So this morning on TV, we were treated to the spectacle of President Obama spouting prayers
to 'Almighty God...to save America, etc'
Seemed like he was trying to convince all those doubters that he's NOT a Kenyan Muslim, but a US citizen born in Hawaii and who attended a Chicago Christian church each week for 20 years or more!
What appears to be being overlooked here is that those greatly revered Founding Fathers made it unmistakably clear that this country was to be a new nation of religious FREEDOM,
freedom to believe whatever religion you preferred,
OR NONE AT ALL...and an emphatic separation of Church and State.
Here's what the first President GEORGE WASHINGTON wrote:
The united States should have a foundation FREE from the influence of clergy...
there is nothing that can better deserve our patronage
than the promotion of science and literature...Jews, Christians or atheists.
Second President JOHN ADAMS wrote:
"This would be the best of all worlds if there were no religion in it.
The government of the United States is in NO sense founded on the Christian religion.
The Divinity of Jesus Christ is made a convenient cover for absurdity".
Third President THOMAS JEFFERSON wrote:
Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man,
I do not find one redeeming feature.
Religions are all alike, founded upon fables and mythology.
in every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to Liberty.
He is always in alliance with the despot,
abetting his abuses in return for protection of his own abuses.
The Christian God is cruel, vindictive capricious and unjust.
One only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him.
They are always of two classes; fools and hypocrites".
Fourth President JAMES MADISON wrote:
"What has been Christianity's fruits? Superstition, Bigotry and Persecution.
Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.
Ecclesiastical establishments tend to great ignorance and corruption,
all of which facilitate the execution of mischievous projects.
Then of course there’s BENJAMIN FRANKLIN who wrote:
“Religion I found to be without any tendency to inspire, promote, or confirm morality,
serves principally to divide us and make us unfriendly one to another.
I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life I absented myself from Christian assemblies.
The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason. Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.
very sect supposes itself in possession of all truth”.
And finally that English/American Freethinker and Revolutionary THOMAS PAINE
(God Bless Him!) who wrote, among many other things:“The Bible is such a book
of lies and contradictions, there is no knowing which part to believe, or whether any.
It is a history of bad times and bad men. There are but a few good men in the whole book.
It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and for my part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel. All the tales of miracles with which the Old Testament and New Testament are filled, are fit only for imposters to preach and fools to believe.
What is it the Bible teaches us? Raping, cruelty and murder. What is it the New Testament teaches us? To believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married, and the belief of this debauchery is called faith.
The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to good is my religion. I believe in the equality of man; and I
Believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy”.
My belief is that they (governments) have to keep reminding you to pray because religion is one of the ways that the masses are controled. It worked well for Constantine and it works yet today. Politicians encourage diversified groups and then want to appear to address each groups needs in order to continue getting votes.
Oh, my dear God, I pray in Jesus name that you allow the entire world to see the benefits of National Prayer Day, if it be thy will. But if it is not thy will, oh, god, then let nobody see this about prayer day. Wake up those who do not see to thy will, but only if it really is thy will. Let those sleep that you want to sleep. Do not lead me into temptation like I know you have with some. If it is thy will, heal old uncle Charlie. If it is not thy will then let that mofo die. I can barely wait til you play "tornado lottery" again, dear lord, as I like to see those people who have offended thee end up with no property. Keep playing games with us, oh, dear god!
In other words, dear God, do whatever you were going to do anyway. :)
All that prayer actually does is that it articulates people's hopes and fears in a way that the social/emotional "old mammal brain" can relate to.
Getting rid of the National Day of Prayer would send a powerful, positive message: the US government does not give (as many) special privileges to religion. (Now about tax exemptions for churches....)
Now that is what i'm talkin' bout dennis! Great reply!
Nice! The reason americans cater to this non sense is mainly beacause americans in general are a bunch of ignorant brainwashed fucktards.......I don't believe this is the fault of the masses,but instead the guilt lies upon the corrupt and powerful entities in the world that take advantage of peoples basic instincts to believe in superstitious bull crap,people who wish to dominate and control the masses......but I certainly like your approach of realism concerning morality,mankind,and religion.......nice post!
We should not have a national day of prayer, any more than we should have a national day of water divining. Which in the greatest California drought in modern history, some might want to do.
I'd rather look for water than pray! At least you MIGHT find some water!