Amy Julia Becker, an evangelical Christian herself, knows full well that the people promoting the National Day of Prayer don’t give a rat’s ass about Jews, Muslims, Hindus, or any other faith other than their own:
There we were, gathered around the flagpole, with a Jewish student reading a Psalm and a Christian student reading the assigned prayer. Although there were some elements of the prayer that Jews and Christians could agree upon, the context for prayer was explicitly Christian. As with this year’s recommended prayer, last year’s began and ended with Jesus.
If Christians want a Day of Prayer that excludes people from other faith traditions, they need to be explicit about their intentions. (They might also want to consider Jesus’ words about the importance of privacy in prayer.)
Yes to all of that. It’s precisely why the President shouldn’t be participating in NDOP activities. We all know it’s just a ruse to promote Christianity through the government.
If only more sensible Christians would speak up for those of us who aren’t in the majority and who don’t believe faith is a virtue.
(Image via Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Thanks to Brian for the link)