The Bible Belt Blogger, Frank Lockwood, reported that the Indianapolis Star has decided to stop running its daily Christian prayer, a piece that has been included in the paper every day since 1963. The prayer held a prominent front page position from 1968 – 2000, after which it was positioned on page 2.
What struck me about Lockwood’s report was that he seems disturbed by the fact that the astrology column is allowed to remain in the paper. The first sentence of his article is:
Editors at the Indianapolis Star have decided to ditch Christian prayer but keeping pagan astrology.
He immediately followed that up with:
…Indiana’s largest daily announced today it is scrapping the decades-old tradition.
The horoscope column will be retained.
I take it that he thinks religion is somehow above astrology. I, for one, think that one is no better than the other as they are both steeped in superstition. Where they do differ and I do begin to see one as “better” than the other is when I consider that one has this nation in a stranglehold in many respects while the other one is relatively harmless.The reasons cited for the decision to pull the Christian prayer piece are:
We appreciate that this has been a long tradition in The Star. But we are re-evaluating our mission and all that we do. I believe that prayer is a very personal thing and that offering prayers is something for individuals and their churches. We are a newspaper, not a church.
Also, we do live in a society in which there are many, many different beliefs. We respect all religions, and the prayer was written only from the Christian perspective.
Because of those issues, we have decided to drop the prayer. I’m confident that people will continue to offer their own prayers reflecting their own lives and faith needs.