Freedom from Religion Foundation? I like the concept because, really, isn't freedom what this country's all about? The pilgrims left Europe because the church didn't like the way they worshipped the old white-haired dude in the sky with the big beard and the magic finger. Which is weird because all of them worshipped that same dude, from the same book.
Franklin Graham is to his.
Here's what I think: We don't need a National Day of Prayer. Congress, back in the ancient days of the 50s or whenever, solved a problem that didn't exist and didn't need solving. People who pray have like fifty-two days of prayer already. Some people pray every day. They really need another one where the government tells everyone who doesn't pray that we should all be praying? On a Thursday in May? This is necessary?
No, it's not necessary. It doesn't help the spirituality of those who are already spiritual. It doesn't create spirituality in those who aren't. It's not like National Day of Prayer raises awareness of God. National Day of Eating Fewer Trans-Fats, now that I could get behind. It's practical, and there's a public health aspect to it. But there's only one purpose a National Day of Prayer can serve, and that purpose involves solidifying the political power of the religious over the non-religious.
But instead of joining in that battle, I think I'll quote from two very wise men.
“Life is short and complicated and nobody knows what to do about it. So don’t do anything about it. Just take it easy, man. Stop worrying so much whether you’ll make it into the finals. Kick back with some friends and some oat soda and whether you roll strikes or gutters, do your best to be true to yourself and others – that is to say, abide.”
“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.”And, with one final thought from Mr. Lincoln, I say, "Happy National Day of Prayer." Take it easy.