A Day Of Prayer During the Year of Bible in Pennsylvania

It’s already the “Year of the Bible” in Pennsylvania, thanks to Rep. Rick Saccone‘s House Resolution 535 (PDF).

But apparently, the state’s not Christian enough yet, and that’s why House Resolution 609 (PDF) has been introduced by Democrat Thomas R. Caltagirone:

WHEREAS, Prayer is regarded by millions as the most important utterance for the benefit of humankind; and

WHEREAS, This nation was founded by single-minded men and women who sought wisdom through prayer; and

WHEREAS, Prayer has aided many people throughout the history of this nation and this Commonwealth when support and guidance were needed; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives recognize May 3, 2012, as the “National Day of Prayer” in Pennsylvania.

So a National Day of Prayer during the Year of the Bible…

What’s next? Are they going to throw in a Moment of Silence on that day just for the trifecta?

(via Justin Vacula)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Sue D. Nymme

    Born and raised in Pennsylvania, I am saddened at how the state has become more and more conservative over the years.
    Then again, I could say that about the whole country. :-(

  • Luke Allport-Cohoon

    We must go deeper…

    No, but seriously, the whole year of the bible was ridiculous enough.  The government is wasting time and money doing bullshit like this.

    • http://gloomcookie613.tumblr.com GloomCookie613

      Quite. And it’s money that this Commonwealth cannot afford to waste. We’re in debt, chopping services and education left and right, but they have time for this waste?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000134938250 Ryan Mullet

    How the hell do you get a “National” anything in a state?

    • Rich Lane

      I was just going to post the same thing.

    • Erin W

      May 3rd is already declared the National Day of Prayer by the U.S. government.  This resolution is just to formally acknowledge that, yes, that is something that is happening.  I think it’s pro forma in a way, sort of like Thanksgiving proclamations, but obviously problematic.

  • Ggsillars

    I would just note that Machiavelli’s birthday falls on the 3rd of May. 

  • Ryan Jean

    How does a *state* declare a “National” day of anything?? This seems a bit like putting the cart before the horse, and that’s without even judging the matter on its conspicuously absent merits.

    —–
    @7050b9b250c19aa7f7ce258a00aeb51d:disqus, I have this hankering suspicion that may not be your real name. ;)
    (When the dust-up over google not allowing ‘nyms went viral, I actually created a duplicate account named “Sue Donhym” just to see what would happen. It was closed within a day.)

  • Robyman444

    Well, I live in Texas so those people up in PA won’t hear me, but we have plenty of religious nutcases here, too. I will do my best to remember May 3 and grab a CD by either God Dethroned or Rotting Christ – excellent bands from Holland and Greece, respectively – and turn the volume up as loud as it can go in my car, whether I’m going to work or wherever I travel. Might drive by a church - or a few of them. Looking forward to it…

  • Anonymous

    WHEREAS, Prayer is regarded by millions as the most important utterance for the benefit of humankind; and

    Sad, but true.

    WHEREAS, This nation was founded by single-minded men and women who sought wisdom through prayer; and

    Single-minded? Really? I have the strange sensation that they think this is a compliment. As for seeking wisdom through prayer, though some undoubtedly did, I’m guessing deists like Jefferson did no such thing.

    WHEREAS, Prayer has aided many people throughout the history of this nation and this Commonwealth when support and guidance were needed; therefore be it

    Really? Prove it.

    RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives recognize May 3, 2012, as the “National Day of Prayer” in Pennsylvania.

     
    Also known as the “I want the entire world to know I only care about a certain section of the citizens of Pennsylvania and I also would like to take a great steaming shit on the Constitution of the United States, amen”

    • Anonymous

      And nice historical revisionism about about the country being founded by men and women. John Adams wife talked a lot about politics and stuff with him in private, but publicly women weren’t involved

    • Gus Snarp

      Yeah, that “single-minded” bit got me too. I’m not sure whether Jefferson, a polymath and one of the most broadly learned men of his generation, would be more insulted at being called single-minded or that it was claimed he sought wisdom through prayer.

      One could only call them single-minded in their devotion to liberty, to the extent that it made them forget all the sectarian and political differences among them to unite as one force against the Crown. But that would seem to go against the call for a day of prayer rather than in favor of it.

      He could have said:

      WHEREAS, This nation was founded by a religiously and politically diverse group of rich, white men of various Christian sects, as well as deists, who were single-minded in their devotion to independence and liberty, including religious liberty…
  • John Small Berries

    “What’s next? Are they going to throw in a Moment of Silence on that day just for the trifecta?”

    Why would they do that? Someone might use that moment of silence to pray to some other deity, or do something equally un-Christian, like meditate.

  • Renshia

    This is the shit that gets pulled, when they have no clue about what else they can do to fix the shit they’re in. Desperate attempts to look like they’re doing something.

  • Anonymous

    Just as accurate:

    WHEREAS, Prayer is regarded by millions as the *least* important utterance for the benefit of humankind; and
    WHEREAS, This nation was founded by  men and women many of whom who *did not* seek wisdom through prayer; and
    WHEREAS,
    Prayer has *misguided* many people throughout the history of this nation and
    this Commonwealth when support and guidance were needed;

     

  • TiltedHorizon

    More religious rigmarole which fixes nothing and addresses nothing and changes nothing. I’m planning to to get “God Bless!” tattooed on my middle finger. Surely no one will object as I walk the earth offering blessings to those who think inserting the word “god” on something results in an improvement. 

  • PA Atheist

    Oh man. I know Tom Caltagirone and his family well. Like really, really well. This saddens me (though it doesn’t surprise me much).

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

    WHEREAS, My pants are regarded by millions as the most important utterance for the benefit of humankind; and
    WHEREAS, This nation was founded by single-minded men and women who sought wisdom through my pants; and
    WHEREAS, my pants has aided many people throughout the history of this nation and this Commonwealth when support and guidance were needed; therefore be it

    RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives recognize May 3, 2012, as the “National Day of my Pants” in Pennsylvania.

  • Anonymous

    WHEREAS, the state of Pennsylvania has announced a national day of prayer, the single-minded men and women of the legislature should consider a new method for seeking wisdom, as prayer has proven quite inadequate to the task.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    This is fun.

    WHEREAS, The only way several Pennsylvania State Representatives can keep getting reelected is by pandering to the backward, xenophobic, religious country bumpkins of our state; and

    WHEREAS, We don’t really believe in freedom of religion for all people, only freedom for those who practice our own personal religion; and

    WHEREAS, We cherry pick the Constitution just as selectively and conveniently as we cherry pick the Bible, and all that separation of church and state stuff is as incomprehensible to us as all that God is three things in one stuff; and

    WHEREAS, We’ve been told by our Dominionist financial backers to keep pushing revisionist U.S. history to lay a foundation for a future theocracy; and

    WHEREAS, We are the living embodiment of  Al Capp’s cartoon character, the demogogic blowhard Senator Phogbound; therefore be it

    RESOLVED That the House of Representatives recognize May 3, 2012, as the “National Day of Preachers’ Ass-Kissing” in Pennsylvania.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=628665833 Bill Santagata

    1. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has a lot of gall to declare a *national* day of prayer considering they are just one state.

    2. This naturally means that the other 365 days of the year are NOT national days of prayer. Praying is encouraged on this day only, and presumably not on the other 365 days (2012 being a leap year means that there is 1 extra non-prayer day). Before this resolution, every day in the United States was a national day of prayer.

  • Anonymous

    I have heard christians bleat on about depravity and how it brought down the Roman Empire. 

    I think this equates to fiddling while Rome burns 

    (I don’t mean fiddling in the catholic way)

    • http://www.agnostic-library.com/ma/ PsiCop

      Ironically, or perhaps not, the traditional (i.e. “pagan”) Romans used to bleat about the depravity of the Christians and how they were bringing down the empire.

      Of course, none of this really means much. Whenever people are gathered into groups, you will always find some in one group who bleat on about how some other group is depraved and destroying civilization. It happens all the time, and everywhere.

      • Anonymous

        I agree, there is always someone more pious (or someone less pious to point at)

  • Sue Blue

    They could add a moment of Tongue Time for those who want to babble in gibberish as the “Spirit” moves them.  That ought to be something to see (and laugh at).  

    Maybe they should just go all Chinese (I know – socialism!!!!!!) and name each year for the next umpteen years after something.  Instead of the Year of the Rat, they could have the Year of Blood Sacrifice (or the Year of Atonement), the Year of Stoning, the Year of Pimping Daughters, the Year of  Self -Flagellation, and so on and so forth.

  • Sue Blue

    WHEREAS, there are no more pressing issues before the State than this – no joblessness, no poverty, no lack of access to healthcare, no debt, no environmental destruction by coal mining – and nothing could be more important than mouthing words to oneself in times of trouble;

    WHEREAS, I have nothing better to do with my time as your elected official, and nothing better to do with your tax dollars than sit around and pull frivolous legislation out of my ass;

    WHEREAS, I know for a fact that all residents of Pennsylvania are fundamentalist Christians because God told me so in a dream – and if it ain’t so, those other heathens can just fuck off;

    WHEREAS, mouthing words to oneself in the belief that some guy up in the sky can hear them has soothed millions of people into burying their heads in the sand and not lifting a finger to actually solve problems;

    THEREFORE be it RESOLVED, that I hereby declare my own stupidity and lack of substance as a legislator, and seek to impose said stupidity on the people of the State of Pennsylvania, Praise Jeeeeeesus!

  • Onlytheoneband

    I went to his FB page and posted  a pic of the prayer flow chart ending in “prayer has no meaning”.  I suggest everyone go to his page and post something.

    http://www.facebook.com/RepCaltagirone 

    • Onlytheoneband

      It was pulled in like 3 minutes flat! Wow.


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X