Do Other Newspapers Have a Daily Prayer?

This is news to me: The Oklahoman has a daily prayer on its front page (I boxed it in red near the bottom left):

Oklahoma Atheists president Red McCall tells blogger Jim Romenesko:

I think that the inclusion of the [Prayer of the Day] piece is just as simple as catering to their market. I personally do not know who their specific demographic is, but I don’t recall many of my peers subscribing to the publication. The national percentage of people who claim to be Christian in this country is around 83%. I am pretty sure that in Oklahoma, that percentage is quite higher.

No one’s calling for a lawsuit (the paper can do what it wants) — it’s just something worth noting.

I don’t think they’re going to get much pushback. Though I would love to see the prayer right next to the horoscopes, since that’s really all this is: A chance for readers to take vague language and repurpose it to whatever’s already going on in their lives.

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.


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