Today, May 5, 2011, is the National Day of Prayer…or the National Day of Reason. It’s also National Hoagie Day, National Chocolate Custard Day, Oyster Day, and Cinco de Mayo.
The big difference between all of those special designations is that only the National Day of Prayer is proclaimed by the President of the United States. Only for the National Day of Prayer do elected officials across America do their best to endorse the Christian religion, in their official capacities, using tax-payer offices, money, and time.
The National Day of Prayer task force is run by conservative Christians with a dominionist, Seven Pillars bent, who literally want to turn the United States of America into a Christian theocracy. They may be deluded, but they are also rich and powerful.
A Mighty Fortress is our God!” reads their web page. Indeed. And make no mistake, that’s no inclusive god they’re talking about.
Their goal for this special day is to “emphasize prayer for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and Family.” And their goal for the future is to take over America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church, and Family.”
Of course the government has no business telling Americans when to pray or how to pray or to pray at all. Just like it wouldn’t dare tell you to eat a hoagie. But unfortunately, too many Christians are all too willing to force their faith on the entire country. One might be tempted to be alarmed. And yet, for all their attitude, their false history, their posturing, and their control over the government right about now, it’s hard to get too upset.
They are losing, after all…in the long run. The atheist population is growing and has become increasingly outspoken. Their own religion is growing more liberal. Alternative and ancient religions are gaining popularity.
With the help of the Internet, stupidity, racism, and intolerance are exposed everywhere, especially among conservative Christians. It’s constant advertisement for alternatives.
The more we practice this “cultural Christianity” the more the conservatives must allow their faith to be diluted and stripped of its meaning.
And so, there appears to be hope. Anyway, the tide turns–it always turns. And the harder they push on their upswing, the harder the backlash.
So, while we’re waiting for the swing back toward tolerance and reason, why don’t we grab a hoagie, a side of oysters, some chocolate custard, and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a dose of reason. Leave the praying to those who find it necessary. Because realistically, most of us aren’t paying all that much attention to them.