I mark the National Day of Prayer by not praying. Gordon Howie marks the coinciding National Day of Reason by blurting irrationality:
Committed Christians have become targets for media and leftist leaders in America.
Christian holidays are being reduced to shopping days, or eliminated entirely. The President of our nation, who “claims” to be a Christian obviously prefers Muslims and humanists over Christians. His recent cabinet appointment of Anthony Foxx is a clear demonstration that he does not value the Christian faith.
Former US Representative Allen West goes so far as to say “The Obama administration is indeed aiding, enabling, and abetting our enemy, radical Islamic jihadists” [Gordon Howie, "American Leaders Abandon Christianity," News in Faith, 2013.05.02].
Howie is so apoplectic over Mayor Foxx's National Day of Prayer proclamation, which Foxx issued alongside a National Day of Prayer proclamation, that he holds Republican Senator John Thune complicit in the decline and destruction of America for not immediately condemning Foxx's nomination. Howie calls for theocrats to make American "One Nation Under God" again, lest we all die.
I can't make this stuff up. I can only respond with reason:
- President Barack Obama is Christian.
- Mayor Anthony Foxx has attended Friendship Missionary Baptist Church for over 30 years. He says he would base the title of his memoirs on the declaration of the power of faith in Hebrews 11:32-34.
- Senator John Thune is pretty Jesus-y, too.
- "One Nation Under God" is 1950's anti-Communist propaganda. We've never been one nation under God.
- Christians, humanists, and anyone else who stands for reason and a separation of church and state actually reinforce both church and state against the destructive power of radical religious fundamentalism.
Happy National Day of Reason, everyone!