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National Day of Reason Causes Gordon Howie to Declare Thune Anti-Christian

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:

  1. President Barack Obama is Christian.
  2. 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.
  3. Senator John Thune is pretty Jesus-y, too.
  4. "One Nation Under God" is 1950's anti-Communist propaganda. We've never been one nation under God.
  5. 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!


  1. David Newquist 2013.05.02

    The Taliban wing of the Republican Party holds rule over our land. Howie and cohorts have their own Sharia law.

  2. Kal Lis 2013.05.02

    Gordon needs to read Isaiah 1 . Verses 15 and 18 seem pertinent to the matter at hand. I'm sure Gordon will have some political spin for some of the verses, but the fact of the matter remains-faith, prayer, and reason are not conflicting practices.

    15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
    16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
    17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
    18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
    19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
    20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

  3. Rick 2013.05.02

    ... and yet they make a lot of noise about being victims.

  4. caheidelberger Post author | 2013.05.02

    Rick, I have trouble figuring out why members of the majority religion in America put so much stake in portraying themselves as a persecuted minority. Is it paranoid delusion or mere marketing?

  5. Barry Smith 2013.05.02

    "I have trouble figuring out why members of the majority religion in America put so much stake in portraying themselves as a persecuted minority."
    Cory- it's the same mindset that the Jihadists in predominantly Muslim nations have. In the Jihadist mind , Islam is always under attack. It is not unique to Christian America or Muslim Iran and "Why" is a good question.

  6. JC 2013.05.02

    I asked Gordon why he supports Allen West in his Islamophobia and also asked him why he supports circumventing the due process clause of the Constitution. He promptly deleted my comment and.blocked me. I guess he thinks there are crimes that are not worth following due process.

  7. Jana 2013.05.02

    Speaking of Reason.

    Did anyone see any coverage of John Thune's vote against the "Paycheck Fairness Act?" or that Tim Johnson voted for paying women the same as men when they do the same job?

    You know, come to think of it...the SD media doesn't really cover the votes in Congress that our elected official make.

    You would think that at least one woman in one media outlet would notice that John Thune's record on voting for basic fundamental women's rights and issues would notice that he is batting!

    Sorry, media...I guess you are still caught up in the excitement of how "hot" John and Kristi are. Carry on.

  8. caheidelberger Post author | 2013.05.03

    Barry, your identification of the similarity between the American Christian persecution complex and the Muslim jihadist mindset is more reasonable than any of the Howie crowd's screechings that Obama is a Muslim.

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