On April 14, 2011, a 3-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled that FFRF and its nonbelieving plaintiffs did not suffer any injury in being exhorted to set aside an entire day for prayer once a year by Congress and the President, and thus did not have standing to sue. FFRF is asking for an en banc review by the entire 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Meanwhile the National Day of Prayer continues and the efforts are bankrolled by the evangelical christian group Focus on the Family and chaired by Shirley Dobson.
This is truly a christian event. It is not all inclusive and these evangelical groups have a goal to remake America in their image. A christian theocracy. Where women will return to subservience to man. Where gays will be banned. Where the christian version of sharia law will be enacted. (When is sharia law ok? When it isn’t muslim.)
So never mind the separation of church and state. This is about christian control and make no mistake about it, calling it a “National Day of Prayer Task Force” sounds ominous doesn’t it? Their website is all red, white and blue with the eagle emblem and the phrase “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”. It’s all very militaristic. It’s no wonder how they have been working on controlling the military for quite some time. Onward christian soldiers…
I’ll be working and will not be able to attend our local protest this year. The Broward Sheriff’s office each year sponsors a National Day of Prayer event funded with taxpayer dollars. (Why aren’t the Tea Party folks protesting this waste of tax money? They seem to pick and choose their agenda don’t they. Just like they do with the bible.)
What: Protest the National Day of prayer
When: Thursday, May 5, 2011 11:30 AM
Where: Broward Sheriff’s Office
2601 West Broward Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
If you believe in the separation of church and state. If you are disgusted by the manipulation by evangelical christian groups of your local government as well as at the state and federal levels. Join protestors around the country who are calling for a National Day of Reason. You can even join in if you do consider yourself religious but still respect the boundaries of a separation of church and state. Look for an event in your area.
So never mind that prayer doesn’t work. Never has and never will. Never mind that there isn’t a personal god who intervenes on behalf of a prayerful petitioner. Never mind that scientific studies have proven that intercessory prayer doesn’t work and in fact appeared to have had an opposite effect on the patient.
Again, I’ve mentioned in other posts how christians conveniently seem to pick and choose which passages of the bible they follow. (“Bible study” should really be called “we are teaching you our interpretation of the bible”.)
Poor Matthew, they never seem to follow him.
Mat 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Mat 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Mat 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Mat 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
This is about the rights of all in America. The rights of evangelicals do not supercede the rights of all Americans whether they be christian, jew, muslim, hindu, buddhist, non-believer, wiccan…
“Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.” Anonymous
“Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day; Give him a religion, and he’ll starve to death while praying for a fish” – Unknown
“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs” Frederick Douglass
“Coincidence is not a prayer answered.” NoSacredCow
Read “Why Won’t God Heal Amputees?”
- FFRF opposes four National Day of Prayer events around country (secularnewsdaily.com)
- Appeals Court Rules Against FFRF in National Day of Prayer Case (friendlyatheist.com)
- FFRF to seek en banc rehearing on National Day of Prayer ruling in 7th Circuit (secularnewsdaily.com)