In April of this year, U.S. District Court Judge (Western Wisconsin District) ruled that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional, and equated the 1952 and 1988 laws establishing the Day of Prayer as federally mandated calls for religious action. In so deciding, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb wrote that the government can no more enact laws supporting a day of prayer than it can encourage citizens to fast during Ramadan, attend a synagogue or practice magic.…
Added by The Big Blue Frog on July 18, 2010 at 2:42pm —
How many times a day do you hear that? I get so tired of explaining that I don't believe in god, I don't believe in prayer and you are actually insulting me with your "well, I'll pray for you anyway" comments.
Christians think they are the only ones who have a right to feel insulted when it comes to all matters religious. Why is that?
I compare this to smokers vs non-smokers. My husband is a smoker and I have never been. For a very short period of time after we were married… Continue
Added by Jes Frazier on June 5, 2010 at 4:30pm —
It is against both Tennessee and U.S. law to lead public school students in prayer. But some people just won't stop breaking the law and trying to find ways around it. Should students have to opt-out in order to be spared from teacher-led prayers?
According to WLBT news
, "A Franklin County High School teacher was fired on Tuesday for leading her students in prayer in the classroom," At first this sounds… Continue
Added by IAmTheBlog on May 31, 2010 at 12:30pm —
Something was brought to my attention a bit ago. Some Republican politician is trying to get a "Christian" prayer thing passed that says anything with a payer in the military has to be "Christian" or something along those lines...
Yet again another Goodie Two Shoes is trying to jack with the military because they think they can.
So, I have offered up my own prayer.....
I call it:The Military Secular Atheist… Continue
Added by Rick on May 27, 2010 at 10:13pm —
Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on May 7, 2010 at 11:42am —
Added by Carol Everhart Roper on May 3, 2010 at 10:39am —
The National Day of Prayer has apparently causing more controversy. The Reverend Franklin Graham, son of legendary televangelist, Billy Graham was apparently invited and then uninvited to the Pentagon to celebrate this unconstitutional event. This week, the Washington Post’s “On Faith” topic is: National day of prayer and controversy.
"Did the Pentagon do the right thing by disinviting evangelist Franklin Graham from a National Day of Prayer event next week? Should government officials… Continue
Added by Staks Rosch on April 27, 2010 at 6:00pm —
Q: No matter what science or scientists say, my faith
in the existence of a prayer-answering God is unshakeable. Do you have
any problem with that?
A: As I was sitting in
I knew the bottom wasn’t there.
Nor legs nor back, but I just sat,
little things like that.
(William Hughes Mearns)5.2
Q: What is prayer?
A: Prayer means ‘to… Continue
Added by chekuthan on April 1, 2010 at 9:21am —
Even though it is pretty well established that I am an atheist, I still get e-mails for “Prayers” or to join “Prayer Chains.” On social networking sites I also see these stupid things. How ought an atheist respond to such things?
For starters, I have to figure out what these people are hoping to accomplish with their prayer requests. Fundamentalists of course believe that prayers might change God’s divine plan or something, but moderate believers use them simply as a way of showing… Continue
Added by Staks Rosch on February 11, 2010 at 9:20am —
Dear Jesus, I know you will never get this message as you have been in your grave for some time. However, I like to play make-believe and pretend that you are still well and alive and are reading this message. So… How are you? How have you been? What have you been up to? Hey, do you have any influence over what Santa will bring me this Christmas? He hasn’t brought me anything ever since I moved away from my parents. I have been eating your body and blood, is that cool with you? Did you hear my… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on January 19, 2010 at 6:51pm —
I recently bought the largest box of Cheerios with the childs book "Sleepy...". Before handing it over to a child I read it to make sure it is good reading material. The content seemed nice except the push for prayer. This portion really disturbed me for there are many of us non-believers of the so-called God or Gods... I would like to put out to your company that if you are somehow pushing your beliefs onto consumers than there ought to be a warning label on the front of the box indicating… Continue
Added by Sheila on January 15, 2010 at 4:30pm —
On one hand, theists claim that god gave man free-will and that this omnipotent divinity does not assert its power over ones will and choices (because if it did than one would not have free-will), while on the other hand, some theists simultaneously claim that god answers prayers, performs miracles
, and in general, intervenes. I find these two claims to be rather contradictory. Let’s first define some terms and then… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on January 13, 2010 at 6:36pm —
My stepson is a devout Catholic. It bothers him that I have an atheist website and a presence on several atheist forums. He has an account on my member forum, at AtheistExile.com, and follows the conversations there as a lurker instead of a participant.
He told me I should try prayer, just for a little while, to see if they come true or not.
I never approach my family members on the subject of religion but if they approach me about it, I don't hold back unless I see them… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on December 1, 2009 at 7:30pm —
I went to McDonald's for breakfast the other day. I know, I know, but fat and salt are so damn tasty. Anyhow, I collected my food from the counter and walked into the dining area. There was a guy kneeling on the floor with hands clasped in prayer. Well, I assume he was praying, rather than rehearsing for a role as a fluffer. I didn't ask, and he didn't open his mouth, so probably not the fluffer scenario. It's common to see people pray over their meals in restaurants, but this seemed a bit… Continue
Added by Jason Spicer on November 24, 2009 at 12:00am —
Source of image: http://linkhead.wordpress.com/2007/01/
Believers in faith healing could be exempted from mandates, and faith healers could be paid with federal funds, if health care reform provisions under consideration are adopted by Congress. A petition
has been launched to ask… Continue
Added by IAmTheBlog on October 24, 2009 at 1:00pm —
In a recent press release David Bereit, national director of 40 Days for Life, said, “With abortion advocates trying to exploit the current health care reform debate to mandate taxpayer funding of abortion. We are incredibly encouraged to see record numbers of people in cities across America willing to take a stand by participating in 40 Days for Life to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves and seek God's protection for innocent children in the womb -- and mothers -- at risk of… Continue
Added by V1ktor on August 21, 2009 at 12:39pm —
On July 5th, 1983 the US Supreme Court ruled that a practice of opening each legislative day with a prayer was constitutional stating, “In light of the unambiguous and unbroken history of more than 200 years, there can be no doubt that the practice of opening legislative sessions with prayer has become part of the fabric of our society.” What does it mean? It’s been around for 200 years and that means it is constitutional. Oh really? One would think that Supreme Court justices would be… Continue
Added by V1ktor on August 19, 2009 at 5:26pm —
There was a recent news item on Danish T.V. where an opposition politician from the Social Democratic Party, Christine Antorini, said that the "Our Father" prayer should no longer be used in schools. "It belongs in church and not in schools. We have Christian, Muslim and Jewish children......"
I wrote to her expressing my support but pointing out that children do not get their religion via their D.N.A. but through their upbringing. Therefore it would be more correct to say children of a… Continue
Added by Ian Mason on August 14, 2009 at 2:10pm —
This excerpt begins with me watching 30 children for 3 days while their parents attend my grandmother's faith healing lecture, held in the clubhouse of a south Florida trailer park. This all happened in the fall of my Freshman year of high school.
Alexander was two years old, blond, quiet and sweet. He was one of the kids still in diapers, but he was the only one in cloth ones. I thought they were gross, messy, and more work; I was worried about sticking him with one of the… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on July 31, 2009 at 12:01am —
In case you haven't picked up on it in some of the threads or in chat; I've been going through a bit of rough patch since graduating from University. Finding work with a BA is damned hard. I've been working on applying for dental school and talking with recruiters should everything fall through the cracks.
Two days ago I took a standardized test for applying to dental school. I spent the better part of six months teaching myself two years worth of science that I wish I had taken more… Continue
Added by Louis on July 29, 2009 at 5:49pm —