A lot of this stemmed from the “Red Fear”, the hysteria over Communism in the 50’s with Joe McCarthy the poster boy for fear, persecution and paranoia. The logic being that Communists wouldn’t handle money, or say the pledge…thus exposing them as the godless heathen fiends that they were. A brilliant plan by highly intelligent Christians.
So last week, Thursday May 1, theists of all sects, denominations and cults were supposed to bow their heads, or kneel, or prostrate themselves while mumbling some prayers to their respective concepts of God or gods. The focus was supposed to be prayer for our nation.
There is even an official National Day of Prayer website, that I will say, right here, and right now, is the shallowest, most insipid, and idiotic website I have visited since the last time I checked up on our good God fearing Christian friend Fred Phelps.
Check it out at your convenience, you won’t be disappointed: http://www.ndptf.org/home/home.html
The whole website reads like a caricature of theistic stupidity at its worst. I checked twice to make sure it wasn’t some parody site created by a smart ass atheist.
There you will find the official prayer for 2008, a meaningless and childlike assemblage of self serving drivel. A quick read, it infers God blesses America because it is more worthy than those other starving and hideously suffering peoples of underdeveloped nations that presumably don’t HAVE a National Day of Prayer. One is left to assume those countries are the way they are by God’s will…or his divine neglect. Basically it boiled down to “Thanks …and keep up the good work God! Amen.”
In another section you will find out how effective group prayer is, as proven by Washington DC having had six days without a murder. Similarly Orlando Florida had a reprieve from their body count too. Both were specifically attributable to God’s intervention as a result of intense coordinated prayers. (Presumably after DC’s six days, and Orlando’s brief respite from crime God decided “no more Mr. Nice guy”, and the shit hit the fan again … go figure).
The same section also offered a heart warming account of how a father’s prayer delivered his son from a shooting on campus, as well as sparing his whole athletic team: proof of the power of prayer. Evidently only non-athletic nerds were killed by the gunman so one is left to deduce that God responds best to prayers from sports fans or athletes’ fathers. Nerd’s fathers carry no weight with God it seems (no explanation was offered as to why God decided to let 16 non-athletes be shot to death instead … go figure).
If December 7th 1941, Pearl Harbor Day, is known as the “day that will live in infamy”, then the first Thursday in May is the “day we devote to idiocy” ... when modern day shamans and witch doctors stand before the theistically enslaved and utter their thanks and pleas to the nonexistent figment of their collective ganglia. And the good news is they get to do it again next year.
In ‘09 I’m not gonna sit on my hands. No sir! I’m going to do my part by sacrificing a virgin chicken to Baal. Hey … when it comes to meaningless gestures of superstitious nonsense every little bit helps.