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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:41 AM

A day of prayer, or religious pandering?

Here it comes again. On May 3, the nation will once again be subjected to the annual fiasco wherein conservative Christians utilize the apparatus of government to publicly exalt their theological beliefs, to ensure that their vociferous anti-secular views are promoted as official state doctrine. I refer, of course, to the religious pandering known as the National Day of Prayer.

As a humanist, I would not bat an eye if the nation's churches privately banded together to promote a non-governmental National Day of Prayer. If the country's evangelical leaders, Catholic bishops, and other clerics - without using the machinery of government - felt that a nationwide interfaith event encouraging prayer would be somehow beneficial, they would have my very secular blessing. Enjoy your day of prayer, folks. Knock yourselves out.

But the religious activists behind the National Day of Prayer are not content with their religious freedom. Instead, they have a compelling need to see their government (which also happens to be mine and yours) sponsor the annual prayer event and issue proclamations, preferably accompanied by grandiose ceremonies, validating their supernatural theological beliefs.

To an inattentive observer the NDOP may seem like a broadly inclusive event that pays respect to the beliefs of all theistic religions – Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, etc. – but in practice such ecumenical goals are absent. In fact, the NDOP is driven by a narrow fundamentalist Christian cartel that sees the entire affair as a means of promoting its worldview.

When we look at those behind the NDOP, we see not a broad interfaith coalition but a tight-knit roster of Religious Right figures. The NDOP Task Force readily concedes that it exists “to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and its families,” and it cites numerous New Testament passages to support its mission. Religious liberals who see the NDOP as benign should realize that the event's most visible backers have an underlying agenda of attacking science, rewriting history, denying rights to women, tearing down the wall of separation between church and state, and opposing LGBT equality.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/our-humanity-naturally/201204/day-prayer-or-religious-pandering

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Reply A day of prayer, or religious pandering? (Original post)
cleanhippie Apr 2012 OP
laconicsax Apr 2012 #1
trotsky Apr 2012 #5
laconicsax Apr 2012 #6
trotsky Apr 2012 #7
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no_hypocrisy Apr 2012 #4

Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:44 AM

1. Can't it be both?

 

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Response to laconicsax (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 12:49 PM

5. ...

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Response to trotsky (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 01:33 PM

6. Family Guy

 

Dr. Hartman: Mr. Griffin, I'm saying you're fine.
Peter: I'm fine? What, are you coming on to me now?
Lois: Peter, he's not coming on to you. He's trying to tell you that you're healthy.
Dr. Hartman: ...Can't it be both?

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Response to laconicsax (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 02:15 PM

7. Simpsons

Marge: Do you want your son to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, or a sleazy male stripper?
Homer: Can't he be both, like the late Earl Warren?
Marge: Earl Warren wasn't a stripper!
Homer: Now who's being naïve?!

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:46 AM

2. It is the quintessence of pandering.

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:58 AM

3. Coincidental that the majority of voters would only vote for..

 

someone who admits to praying to a god?

NDOP is like an insurance policy one must take out if one wants to be re-elected.

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 12:45 PM

4. Used to be the former, now it's the latter.

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