This coming Thursday, May 6, is the National Day of Prayer. A day that clearly violates the United States Constitution’s provision against establishment of religion by the any governing body in the United States.
It clearly states in Amendment 1:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Creating a national day of prayer, clearly a religious act, is an establishment of religion. It’s existence is unconstitutional even though its observance is strictly voluntary.
It treads on my toes as someone who has chosen to abandon religion in favor of reason. I do not worship at the altar of science; science has its share of crackpots and lunatics, but at least it attempts to see reason. Religion tends to demand blind faith, not in whatever god it purports to follow, but in the trustworthiness of its prophets and leaders.
I remember Jonestown. The vivid images of the dead faithful because Jim Jones was not willing to answer a few simple questions. (It put me off drinking Kool Aid for a little while, too.)
The current scandals plaguing the Catholic church don’t help religion’s case in the slightest. How can any organization that promises such hope and safety leave children at the mercy of pedophiles? It boggles the mind that these men were not defrocked and excommunicated. Providing them with such protection no doubt drew more of their kind into the priesthood.
IF we did have to pray on Thursday, my prayer would simply be this:
God, if you are out there, deliver us from religion!