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The National Day of…

Today is the day that the followers of the late Senator Joseph McCarthy decided to designate as the National Day of Prayer. Recently of course this federal endorsement of religion has been struck down by the courts as unconstitutional. But no one appears to have told the federal government or the religious right about this.

While the White House on behave of the religious right attempt to appeal the federal Judge’s decision on the obviously unconstitutional nature of endorsing… wait, let me quote the President on this one directly, “I call upon the citizens of our nation to pray, or otherwise give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I invite all people of faith to join me in asking for God’s continued guidance, grace, and protection as we meet the challenges before us.”

If that isn’t a government endorsement of religion, then I couldn’t possible think of what would be. What surprises me is Obama was a Constitutional law professor. He should know better. Obama is doing the bidding of the religious right and even though he is doing exactly what they ask for they will still vote against him and call him a Muslim.

Law can’t really settle this issue obviously. We are going to have to solve this problem ourselves the same way Christians solved similar problems in the past. If you can’t beat them, join them. Many atheist groups have picked today to represent a National Day of Reason. This is a great idea, but it is not the only idea out there.

Last week, I wrote an Examiner article about this topic as introduced by the Washington Post: On Faith: National day of prayer and masturbation. That’s right, masturbation! I created a really call graphic for the article too. I am very proud of it.

The point is that we should create as many different alternatives to the Day of Prayer as we can and demand that the federal Government give us equal recognition. I think President Obama should have to make a statement addressing the National Day of Reason and the National Day of Masturbation. We require equal time as mandated by the Constitution. Congress can not elevate one religion over another. So let’s create multiple religions and create holidays on the same days as Christian holidays which are almost all in fact pagan holidays anyway.

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  • Steve

    I agree with you, that the National Day of Prayer is silly and probably unconstitutional.
    I am curious about your first comment, though. What evidence do you have that Sen. McCarthy was involved in the creation of the National Day of Prayer?
    From what I heard Congress passed and Pres. Truman singed a law creating it after Billy Graham had a crusade in Washington DC. But it didn’t actually get fixed to a specific day (first Thur. in May) until the Religious Right lobbied for it in a law that passed in 1988. Before then it was at different days proclaimed by the Pres. and like “pants appreciation day” or “corn wonders day” I think you’ve been taken in by Religious Right propaganda about the history of the holiday making its current practice seem older than it really is.
    Also Joe McCarthy was a dispicable demagogue who nearly derailed the bipartisan anticommunist consensus after WWII with his accusations. No matter what I feel about the Religious Right, I just don’t think such associations should be asserted without evidence. If you do have more information I would love to hear about it.

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      McCarthy gained prominence in 1950. He was the Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin rolled into one of his day. Most of Washington either agreed with him or were afraid of him. His influence during that time period cannot be denied.

      McCarthy was known for using the logic that since Communists were atheists, atheists must be Communists. Therefore, people ought to show their devotion to God in order to show that they are not Communists. This was a prevailing theme during the 1950s in large part because of Senator Joe McCarthy.

      1952, the National Day of Prayer was passed. This is within McCarthy’s sphere and time of influence. That was the point I was trying to make.