Here it comes again. On May 3, the nation will once again be subjected to the annual fiasco wherein conservative Christians utilize the apparatus of government to publicly exalt their theological beliefs, to ensure that their vociferous anti-secular views are promoted as official state doctrine. I refer, of course, to the religious pandering known as the National Day of Prayer.
As a humanist, I would not bat an eye if the nation’s churches privately banded together to promote a non-governmental National Day of Prayer. If the country’s evangelical leaders, Catholic bishops, and other clerics – without using the machinery of government – felt that a nationwide interfaith event encouraging prayer would be somehow beneficial, they would have my very secular blessing. Enjoy your day of prayer, folks. Knock yourselves out.
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