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.
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!)