Wow. That’s Offensive.28 April, 2008
As many of you may already know, May 1 is The National Day of Prayer. Wow. That’s offensive. For one day, federal government buildings will cease serving all Americans and, instead, by allowing federal buildings to be used as churches, will serve only theists. To me, this means that, on May 1, ten percent of Americans will, effectively, be excluded from the secular United States Government.
It gets worse, though. The National Day of Prayer Task Force is a private, non-governmental organization responsible for organizing the day of prayer. That doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Well, it sounds really bad when you consider that Shirley Dobson chairs the task force. Who is Shirley Dobson? She is the wife of religious right whacko christianist fundamentalist James Dobson. As in, Focus on the Family James Dobson. As in ‘America is a Christian Nation’ James Dobson.
So. What happens when you combine a National Day of Prayer with a task force run by Shirley Dobson? This happens: every speaker must sign a statement of belief. That statement reads in part:
“I believe that the Holy Bible is the inerrant Word of The Living God. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the only One by which I can obtain salvation and have an ongoing relationship with God. I believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, his virgin birth, his sinless life, his miracles, the atoning work of his shed blood, his resurrection and ascension, his intercession and his coming return to power and glory.”
So I guess Catholics and Mennonites can’t speak. Nor can Wiccans or animists. Buddhists, Sikhs, Shintoists, and Santerians are muzzled. So are Muslims and Unitarians. Actually, most Christian sects are excluded.
This means I need to restate that first paragraph. This National Day of Prayer does not exclude the ten percent of Americans who are non-believers. Instead, it excludes the 72% who are not right-wing christianist fundamentalist theocratic Bush supporters.
Wow. That’s offensive.