National Day of Reason 2008

This Thursday (May 1st) is the National Day of Reason! Consider it a day to give blood, sign up to become an organ donor, or donate money to your favorite secular non-profit!

Not coincidentally, the NDR falls on the same day as the National Day of Prayer, headed up by Shirley Dobson.

If you’d like to help lead groups to donate blood for the NDR, go for it. No one is stopping you.

If you’d like to lead a team for the NDP Task Force, however, you may want to check the ground rules.

Jews, Muslims, Hindus, or people who do not literally accept every part of the Bible aren’t allowed to be leaders. Because, as we all know, their prayers are complete horse$#&%. God only listens to fundamentalist Christians.

Vounteer coordinators must take a statement of faith:

I believe that the Holy Bible is the inerrant Word of The Living God. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the only One by which I can obtain salvation and have an ongoing relationship with God. I believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, his virgin birth, his sinless life, his miracles, the atoning work of his shed blood, his resurrection and ascension, his intercession and his coming return to power and glory. I believe that those who follow Jesus are family and there should be unity among all who claim his name.

And if you don’t agree with that statement word for word, they don’t want you.

If you get kicked out, there is another celebration you can be a part of: Inclusive Prayer Day:

The National Day of Prayer falls on May 1st this year, and in most parts of the country, there is a religious “litmus test” limiting participation to fundamentalist Christian evangelicals. Focus on the Family, the largest organization on the Christian Right, and groups allied with it control the occasion, calling themselves the National Day of Prayer Task Force and asserting that their website is the “National Day of Prayer Official Website.”

The National Day of Prayer has been hijacked! What began in 1952 as President Truman’s declaration of a National Prayer Day for all Americans is now excluding and dividing us on religious lines. The “Task Force” excludes Jews, Muslims, Catholics and even mainline Christians from participation in the events it coordinates around the country…

IPD is a project of JewsOnFirst.org. (Heh.)

I still say your best bet is the first option; a Day of Reason will accomplish more than a lifetime of praying ever will.

(via Street Prophets. Thanks to Arlen for the link!)


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  • Karen

    Wow, that’s interesting. I know Shirley Dobson has been in charge of it for many years (as long as I can remember) but I didn’t know they had hijacked the event and put in a doctrinal requirement for leadership. That needs to be more widely publicized, because I bet a lot of Christians don’t know that.

    Speaking of Dobson, the LA Times has an article today on John McCain’s faith. Turns out he is reluctant to talk about his religion and though he is a Christian (attends a Baptist church) he has some interesting ideas about things like prayer, such as don’t pray for god to take sides and change events in your life because he doesn’t do that.

    Even though McCain is anti-abortion, however, Dobson still refuses to endorse him. I guess he’s just not crazy enough.

  • mikespeir

    Except that the catastrophe would probably not be reversible, I almost wish these people would get what they want: a “Christian country.” I wonder how long it would take before they were begging to have things back the way they were. They would soon find that their new Utopia was anything but. I can’t think of a single Church-run nation in the history of the world that I would have wanted to live in.

  • Bertram

    Donate blood, contribute to a secular non-profit, or sign up to be an organ donor? I have done all those things. And I pray, and I have had prayers answered, although I don’t expect you to respect that.

    But my question is why does it have to be one or the other?

  • http://mcshaggy.blogspot.com Brett

    In Canada, NDP means New Democratic Party. They’re our traditional lefties (labour party)

    I’ll bet they’d want nothing to do with your NDP.

  • Sudo

    Disregard.

  • http://blog.myspace.com/johnpritzlaff John Pritzlaff

    Bertram, overall it doesn’t have to be one or the other, but this event highlights the ineffectiveness of prayer, and contrasts it with more positive uses of time. Christians can do these things to, but in any one instance they can’t do both. I think prayer is a waste of time, and so I think that all the time people spend praying could be used in better ways. Plus I suspect that many people do nothing but pray, because they think that’s enough. If they’re wrong and prayer doesn’t work, then that’s a massive waste of time, or if the praying helps the person praying, then it’s at least a very inefficient spending of time, because more positive actions (such as donating to charity) also help the person doing it, while helping other people as well. “Prayer: the one way to do nothing at all and still feel like you’re helping.” (Couldn’t find the exact quote but that’s the gist of it.)

    At least that’s my point of view.

  • Slut

    Our local evangelicals go to City Hall and read the bible aloud, cover to cover every year. I assume they’re doing it again.

    We were planning to get a group of humanists together to also set up in City Hall, and hand out humanist brochures and what not. Maybe read from Cosmos or something. Unfortunately, we are going out of town that week and no one else seems interested in spearheading it. Maybe next year…

  • http://gaytheistagenda.lavenderliberal.com/ Buffy

    Aye caramba! Now the fundaloons think they have the right to dictate who can and can’t pray on the National Day of Prayer? Their megalomania has really gone off the deep end. When will the moderates and liberals tell them to jump in a lake?

  • Sudo

    Slut said:

    Our local evangelicals go to City Hall and read the bible aloud, cover to cover every year. I assume they’re doing it again.

    We were planning to get a group of humanists together to also set up in City Hall, and hand out humanist brochures and what not. Maybe read from Cosmos or something. Unfortunately, we are going out of town that week and no one else seems interested in spearheading it. Maybe next year…

    For some reason, I sense a bit of irony in this but I don’t know why…

  • http://ichthyologistbright.blogspot.com Laurie Soule

    Hmm. I already donate blood, have been signed up as an organ donor since I was 16, and donate to The Brights, The American Humanist Association, and Atheists and Other Freethinkers of Sacramento as well as many other non-religious charitable organizations. I suppose I could add the Secular Student Alliance. *sigh*

    For organ donation – remember it is VERY important to let your family know of your wishes.

  • Allison

    *giggle* I do all those things and now I’m annoyed that I can’t donate blood on the day itself to demonstrate my support for the Day of Reason — I’ll still have a week to go before I’m eligible again. I think I’m going to have myself a belated day of reason on my own. Maybe I can manage to track down a book by Eugenie Scott or something like that to bring with me.

  • Vincent

    The “Task Force” excludes Jews, Muslims, Catholics and even mainline Christians

    Since when are Catholics, (around 24% of the population) not mainline?

  • Matt

    Ah this is great! We’ve been praying all along that people would step up and start contributing more to society, and here it is! National Give Blood Day.

    Thank God. Our prayers have been answered.

  • Elijah

    The Bible says that in the end times there will be mockers of God, idolaters, lovers of pleasures than lovers of God. If you feel you are in this group God welcomes you. He died for you so you can avoid being judged. For the righteousness of God has been revealed and it teaches us to break free of sin. Romans 1:18 (New International Version)
    18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.

    2 Thessalonians 2:3
    Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for (that day will not come) until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction
    2 Thessalonians 2:8
    And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.

    Jesus wins in the end. Do not believe the enemy in this forum…he thinks he can divide Christians. Christians are strong in Jesus and Dr. Dobson is a man of God and so is his wife Shirley who want us to come to the winner, who is Jesus and not become loosers for an entire eternity in hell.

    God wants you to find Him. In fact He wants you to escape sin and anything that blinds you to live life to the fullest. He doesn’t want you to have the fate of the devil. In fact the blood donation is pointless if you only care for your body and let your soul and body be condemned to eternal separation from God and eternal torture. Feel free to give blood but don’t ignore your need for God. Please. I plead with you.
    Thanks for reading this far.
    -Elijah, a servant of God

  • http://womanwithoutsuperstition.blogspot.com/ Sarah

    If you think prayer is effective, google the name of Madeline Neumann.

    Elijah, spouting out Bible verses is probably the least effective way of gaining supporters. I’m not swayed by fiction.

  • http://heathendad.blogspot.com/ HappyNat

    The Bible says that in the end times there will be mockers of God, idolaters, lovers of pleasures than lovers of God.

    Christains have been spouting about the end times since Paul. People have been mocking god and been “lovers of pleasure” for 2000 years. If it hasn’t gotten your god riled enough to come back before why would he do it now?

    Dr. Dobson is a man of God and so is his wife Shirley who want us to come to the winner, who is Jesus and not become loosers for an entire eternity in hell.

    If James Dobson is going to be in heaven I will happily spend the rest of my life in hell.

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  • http://hydrogenproject.com mkb

    “Prayer: the one way to do nothing at all and still feel like you’re helping.”

    Nonsense, blogging is another way.


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