Thursday, May 01, 2014

Quick quiz re National Day of Prayer

Here's a quick quiz from Fred at Slacktivist:
In 1952, Congress passed a law establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual religious observance.

Quick: give me another sentence that uses the words “Congress,” “law,” “establish” and “religion.”

Yes, I’m thinking of “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”

So today is either a flagrant violation of the First Amendment, or else it’s a meaningless ceremony void of any specific religious significance, invoking God and prayer and religion as purely symbolic gestures to distinguish ourselves from those godless Soviets.

I’ll let you decide which of those is the more appalling possibility, but those are the only options.
He goes on to administer a mighty slap-down to the whole thing, via the prophet Isaiah, but really, that's just icing on the cake.

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