We Really Don’t Need a National Day of Prayer

After seeing the extent to which the National Day of Prayer has turned into the National Day of evangelical-Christianity-or-else, Sally Quinn of The Washington Post says she no longer sees a need for the celebration:

This country was founded on the idea of religious freedom. But shoving one’s beliefs down the throat of all Americans is just the opposite. [Rev. Greg] Laurie and [Pseudohistorian David] Barton are so far from the mainstream that they are representative of only a very few Christians in this country, not to mention those of other faiths and no faith.

Whatever happened to inclusiveness and pluralism?

Well, they seem to disappear whenever the Religious Right gets involved…

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Pennsylvania Legislators Propose ‘American Religious History Week’… Which is All About Christianity

Pennsylvania legislators love their Bible.

They love it so much, they declared 2012 “Year of the Bible.” Since that wasn’t enough, they declared October, 2012 “Prayer Month.” And that was after May 3, 2012, which we all obviously remember was a Day of Prayer.

So what do they do for an encore?

They declare it week “American Religious History Week“…

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Oklahoma High School Has Ten Commandments Displays in Every Classroom… and One Atheist Student is Fighting Back

The classrooms in Muldrow High School in Oklahoma (right near the border by Arkansas) all have plaques of the Ten Commandments hanging on the walls. For some reason that probably have everything to do with Tradition and our Christian Heritage and “We Live In Merkuh.”

Recently, a junior at the school contacted the Freedom From Religion Foundation and they contacted the school without exposing the student.

Somehow this has turned into a fight between Christians and the Constitution:

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Michele Bachmann: 9/11 and Benghazi Were God’s Judgment

During a Capitol Hill prayer event this week, Michele Bachmann (R-MN) spoke about how 9/11 and the attack in Benghazi were the result of God’s judgment on our country:

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Why is American Atheists Looking to Hire a Public Policy Director?

The Secular Coalition for America has a Washington DC-based office headed by Edwina Rogers.

The Center for Inquiry also has a DC-based Office of Public Policy headed by Michael De Dora.

And the American Humanist Association is based in DC and does public policy work, too.

And now, American Atheists is looking for someone to assist with the implementation of its public policy goals:

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