National Day of Prayer

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    May 06, 2010 8:39 PM GMT
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    I'm glad Obama kept the National Day of Prayer. This day does not force anyone to pray, but simply acknowledges the religious diversity of America allowing people to pray according to their own faith or not pray as they choose.

    “The National Day of Prayer provides an opportunity for all Americans to pray voluntarily according to their own faith – it does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” task force chairwoman Shirley Dobson said in a statement.

    Obama’s proclamation designating May 6, 2010, as a National Day of Prayer acknowledges the religious diversity of the United States – within the universe of monotheism.

    "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," the proclamation states.

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    May 06, 2010 10:23 PM GMT
    barefootdude said...Obama’s proclamation designating May 6, 2010, as a National Day of Prayer acknowledges the religious diversity of the United States – within the universe of monotheism.


    How do you do that? How do you lay claim to and take solace in a day of prayer, but exclude polytheists?

    Call atheists dicks all you want (I'll wear that hat proudly), but don't tell me your god is better than someone else's, or I'll remind you why your ONE god doesn't matter at all.
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    May 06, 2010 10:25 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio said
    barefootdude said...Obama’s proclamation designating May 6, 2010, as a National Day of Prayer acknowledges the religious diversity of the United States – within the universe of monotheism.


    How do you do that? How do you lay claim to and take solace in a day of prayer, but exclude polytheists?

    Call atheists dicks all you want (I'll wear that hat proudly), but don't tell me your god is better than someone else's, or I'll remind you why your ONE god doesn't matter at all.


    Most atheists aren't dicks, the ones day have a chip on their shoulder against any organized religion are the DICKS. Some atheists I've met are cool, they just don't want religion shoved down their throats.

    To each his own.
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    May 06, 2010 10:29 PM GMT
    Ricovelas said...Most atheists aren't dicks, the ones day have a chip on their shoulder against any organized religion are the DICKS. Some atheists I've met are cool, they just don't want religion shoved down their throats.

    To each his own.


    I have a chip on my shoulder about monotheists who think they're better than polytheists, which is why I called out barefoothypocrite.
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    May 06, 2010 10:30 PM GMT
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    May 06, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
    National Day of Prayer? How about a National Day of... Reason? Knowledge? Intellectualism? Free Thinking? Empathy? Volunteering? Compassion?

    Or a how about a National Day of "Actually-doing-something-for-the-greater-good-instead-of-wasting-time-thinking-happy-thoughts-and-talking-to-an-imaginary-friend-who-doesn't-talk-back"?
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    May 06, 2010 11:04 PM GMT
    conscienti1984 saidNational Day of Prayer? How about a National Day of... Reason? Knowledge? Intellectualism? Free Thinking? Empathy? Volunteering? Compassion?

    Or a how about a National Day of "Actually-doing-something-for-the-greater-good-instead-of-wasting-time-thinking-happy-thoughts-and-talking-to-an-imaginary-friend-who-doesn't-talk-back"?


    Because outside of praying, most people won't do anything to get off their duff's to anything...

    This isn't a big deal. Just like holiday if you don't like don't participate in it... or hold a protest out side somewheres
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    May 06, 2010 11:06 PM GMT
    conscienti1984 saidNational Day of Prayer? How about a National Day of... Reason? Knowledge? Intellectualism? Free Thinking? Empathy? Volunteering? Compassion?

    Or a how about a National Day of "Actually-doing-something-for-the-greater-good-instead-of-wasting-time-thinking-happy-thoughts-and-talking-to-an-imaginary-friend-who-doesn't-talk-back"?


    I'll second that. And i'd add a national day of blasphemy because it is oh so fun and important.
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    May 06, 2010 11:09 PM GMT
    I'd rather have a National Day of Player...because it would be fun to be a player and get laid all day. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 06, 2010 11:17 PM GMT
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    conscienti1984 saidNational Day of Prayer? How about a National Day of... Reason? Knowledge? Intellectualism? Free Thinking? Empathy? Volunteering? Compassion?

    Or a how about a National Day of "Actually-doing-something-for-the-greater-good-instead-of-wasting-time-thinking-happy-thoughts-and-talking-to-an-imaginary-friend-who-doesn't-talk-back"?


    Because outside of praying, most people won't do anything to get off their duff's to anything...

    This isn't a big deal. Just like holiday if you don't like don't participate in it... or hold a protest out side somewheres


    Well, it is not a huge issue... but many believe it is unconstitutional, including many religious folk.

    The government does not need to ask Americans to pray... religious folks do that everyday without government intervention. This National Day of Prayer is just a tactic of the religious right to try and "Christianize" this nation even more. Sorry... been there, done that... and much happier now that I have left my faith.

    America is not a Christian nation--we are a nation of many faiths and non-faith. America happens to just have a large majority of Christians.

    Side Note: Just look at how many American Christian denominations there are and how they tend to argue over theology--but when it comes to the culture war, the majority of Christains (certainly not all) ban together to fight a common enemy... gays, women, atheists, science, etc.
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    May 06, 2010 11:20 PM GMT
    National Day of Prayer = National Day of Prejudice Against Everyone Who Isn't a Fundamentalist Christian icon_razz.gif
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    May 06, 2010 11:22 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidNational Day of Prayer = National Day of Prejudice Against Everyone Who Isn't a Fundamentalist Christian icon_razz.gif


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    May 06, 2010 11:25 PM GMT
    What is it with Americans and all their/your God Bless This, God Bless That'ing. How many times a day is God asked to Bless America btw.. 10, 100, 1000, 10,000.. Why does everyone keep asking him to bless America anyways? Most people are already saying it's blessed and they're blessed to be living there so why are people asking for even more blessings.. Do HIs blessings have a stale date or an expiration? How many blessings are too many? Does anyone think God is maybe getting sick of all these requests for blessings. I mean maybe he wants to go golfing or Dennys for a Grand Slam breakfast. Maybe he was so busy answering the million of requests for God Bless America's that he forgot about Haiti and look what happened.


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    May 06, 2010 11:26 PM GMT
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    Red_Vespa saidNational Day of Prayer = National Day of Prejudice Against Everyone Who Isn't a Fundamentalist Christian icon_razz.gif


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    May 06, 2010 11:28 PM GMT
    beneful1 saidWhat is it with Americans and all their/your God Bless This, God Bless That'ing. How many times a day is God asked to Bless America btw.. 10, 100, 1000, 10,000.. Why does everyone keep asking him to bless America anyways? Most people are already saying it's blessed and they're blessed to be living there so why are people asking for even more blessings.. Do HIs blessings have a stale date or an expiration? How many blessings are too many? Does anyone think God is maybe getting sick of all these requests for blessings. I mean maybe he wants to go golfing or Dennys for a Grand Slam breakfast. Maybe he was so busy answering the million of requests for God Bless America's that he forgot about Haiti and look what happened.




    Many fundamentalist, who are also nationalists, feel that America was formed with the helping hands of God. America is God's last bright hope for freedom and justice on this Earth.

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    May 06, 2010 11:32 PM GMT
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    beneful1 saidWhat is it with Americans and all their/your God Bless This, God Bless That'ing. How many times a day is God asked to Bless America btw.. 10, 100, 1000, 10,000.. Why does everyone keep asking him to bless America anyways? Most people are already saying it's blessed and they're blessed to be living there so why are people asking for even more blessings.. Do HIs blessings have a stale date or an expiration? How many blessings are too many? Does anyone think God is maybe getting sick of all these requests for blessings. I mean maybe he wants to go golfing or Dennys for a Grand Slam breakfast. Maybe he was so busy answering the million of requests for God Bless America's that he forgot about Haiti and look what happened.




    Many fundamentalist, who are also nationalists, feel that America was formed with the helping hands of God. America is God's last bright hope for freedom and justice on this Earth.



    Yeah ... and then again mebbe He just had an Off Day
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    May 06, 2010 11:35 PM GMT
    I'm not even going to comment on the God Bless America thing.... guess it's just in the culture.

    I agree the USA is a large majority Christian with many different denominations/divisions. Without going into any religious flame war with ppl, I say as long as you have some spiritual background you can goto and clear your mind or throw your worries into then Great! It might make some horrible person into a better person overall.

    I think it helps to have a day of prayer, not to saying you pray to God or anything but if ppl are upset with the name then it could be change to day of reflection. Which I think would silence most of the gripes against the day of prayer.

    I mean no one is coming around with a whip and forcing ppl to pray, are they?
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    May 06, 2010 11:46 PM GMT
    Ricovelas saidI'm not even going to comment on the God Bless America thing.... guess it's just in the culture.

    I agree the USA is a large majority Christian with many different denominations/divisions. Without going into any religious flame war with ppl, I say as long as you have some spiritual background you can goto and clear your mind or throw your worries into then Great! It might make some horrible person into a better person overall.

    I think it helps to have a day of prayer, not to saying you pray to God or anything but if ppl are upset with the name then it could be change to day of reflection. Which I think would silence most of the gripes against the day of prayer.

    I mean no one is coming around with a whip and forcing ppl to pray, are they?


    All fine and dandy, non-believers can just look the other way BUT you are totally missing the point. By sanctioning such a day it sends out a message to the citizenry of your country that anyone who is not religious does not quite fit in.
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    May 06, 2010 11:52 PM GMT
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    May 06, 2010 11:53 PM GMT
    I think a National Day of Prayer is highly called for.
    Personally, I pray at least once a day, when I'm lucky I pray three or four times a day with my boyfriend.

    I believe god is watching and I believe he hears everything and enjoys our tribute of humility and piety.

    It goes something like this:
    "Oh fuck... oh my god... JESUS YES!! FUCK ME HARD!! OH MY GOD!! OH MY GOD.... YESSSSS! OH MY GO-------------D!!"

    I believe that god is watching and smiling... maybe grimacing that dirty God like smirk through gritted teeth and shallow breaths, tense, focused... but very pleased as any God would be.

    If God is a man he's prolly jackin' off, if God is a woman she's probably fingering herself because what straight woman doesn't like watching two guys get it on?

    I vote "YES"!! A day when our nation as a whole prays and gives tribute to all that is good... in bed.
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    May 06, 2010 11:59 PM GMT
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    All fine and dandy, non-believers can just look the other way BUT you are totally missing the point. By sanctioning such a day it sends out a message to the citizenry of your country that anyone who is not religious does not quite fit in.


    So when it's Yom Kippur you feel left out cause your not a Jew, and when's ramadan you get pissed because it's for Muslims only? Or how about Christmas think about the all the poor kids who get offended by the advertisement for gift giving when their parent can't afford a darn thing because they've been laid off.

    Unlike Christmas nothing is advertised way in advance in fact it's greatly overlook except on the news. So how you don't fit in is clear here.
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    May 07, 2010 1:57 AM GMT
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    Ricovelas saidI'm not even going to comment on the God Bless America thing.... guess it's just in the culture.

    I agree the USA is a large majority Christian with many different denominations/divisions. Without going into any religious flame war with ppl, I say as long as you have some spiritual background you can goto and clear your mind or throw your worries into then Great! It might make some horrible person into a better person overall.

    I think it helps to have a day of prayer, not to saying you pray to God or anything but if ppl are upset with the name then it could be change to day of reflection. Which I think would silence most of the gripes against the day of prayer.

    I mean no one is coming around with a whip and forcing ppl to pray, are they?


    All fine and dandy, non-believers can just look the other way BUT you are totally missing the point. By sanctioning such a day it sends out a message to the citizenry of your country that anyone who is not religious does not quite fit in.


    All fine and dandy, believers can just look the other way BUT you are missing the point. By not sanctioning a day of prayer it sends out a message to the citizenry of your country that anyone who is religious and prays is bad and they should not pray.
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    May 07, 2010 2:02 AM GMT
    Thank god for this day. Otherwise people would surly forget about their religion.
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    May 07, 2010 2:05 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio said
    barefootdude said...Obama’s proclamation designating May 6, 2010, as a National Day of Prayer acknowledges the religious diversity of the United States – within the universe of monotheism.


    How do you do that? How do you lay claim to and take solace in a day of prayer, but exclude polytheists?

    Call atheists dicks all you want (I'll wear that hat proudly), but don't tell me your god is better than someone else's, or I'll remind you why your ONE god doesn't matter at all.


    Having a day of prayer does not mean believers in a god think they are better than non believers. Are you okay?
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    May 07, 2010 2:05 AM GMT
    I'm behind the National Day of Prayer. I'm not sure what all the hoopla is, it's not like the government mandates anyone to pray or not pray, and nowhere is it signified as a Christian thing, so claiming that is incorrect. Nevertheless, since we have the usual anti-christian/religion crowd we could modify it into a National day of Prayer and Reason.

    Cheers.