What Faith and Blogs have in common

Today, all around the Internet, especially on facebook and the like, there was a story moving with vicious veracity, that President Obama had canceled the National Day of Prayer. This, of course, is not true! It was cancelled by Judge Barbara Crabb from Wisconsin. She is the same judge that handed down the controversial Wisconsin Walleye War ruling in 1987. But I am sure that she will be remembered for this instead. Since, no one outside of Wisconsin knows what the hell that is.

My point is that when you live your life with the idea that faith is a virtue: you do not, it would seem, fact check anything that FEELS right, or SOUNDS right or was told to you by someone who FEELS and SOUNDS right. Faith undermines the very principles that any logical, reasoning person holds them self and others to. I posted this video last night, rather this morning, but it is worth reposting here. Dawkins reasserts how faith and reason are incompatible and shows a humorous and sobering example of why you can't have faith, in my opinion, slinking it's way into your thought patterns.


This story about the National Day of Prayer will continue to have legs all day today. And even after it is officially debunked the residual effect on the right will be felt. One more pseudo bullet in their ammo belt. Ready to be loaded at a moments notice into their murderous, manipulating, maniacal, mind-molesting pistol. They don't even have the self respect for themselves, their families, their beliefs, their nation or the world to look down and realize that they've been carrying around a cap gun their whole lives and have simply been making a lot of noise and impeding the hard work of educated, free thinking, men and women who seek to make the World a better place. Refusing to be bogged down with the superstitious beliefs of some homeless nomads thousands of years ago. People who believed the earth was flat and that the sacrifice of the innocent translated into the absolving of the sins of the guilty. A belief that persists today.

Finally here's the link to the debunking story...


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Comment by Morgan Matthew on May 5, 2010 at 3:06pm

Comment by CJoe on May 5, 2010 at 10:12pm
Nice blog! I can't believe how dense Republicans/Christians are, and how badly they want Obama to screw up that they simply ignore the fact Obama wanted to participate in the National Day of Prayer, much to our chagrin.
Comment by Velogiraptor on May 5, 2010 at 10:39pm
And people proceed as if it hadn't been struck down by a court. When they're not blaming Obama for cancelling the day of prayer, they're holding it anyway. (Regardless of the beliefs of the people who also have to work with them.)
Comment by caleb daniel on May 6, 2010 at 1:48am
I try not to be very political on here since this is an Atheist site and not everyone who is an Atheist shares those opinions. An Atheist can be on either side of the aisle and not compromise his/her beliefs. But they parallel at times.

That being said: Watching the news today, I saw so many stories where the right is scrambling to string any conspiracy or negative link to Obama. If they link enough information, baseless or not, they can sway the people. It's complete politics. They blamed him for the Time Square terrorist, not reacting to the oil spill soon enough and so on. It's exhausting. And I don't see how the FOX fans can bare sitting there watching it. Even if everything they said were true it's exhausting!
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on May 6, 2010 at 11:43am
I love the fact that the repugs are making Obama out to be the bad guy in this when HE is actually the one that filed the appeal!
WTF? The white house is specifically fighting the court ruling, and yet somehow he's made out to be behind it?
Comment by caleb daniel on May 6, 2010 at 6:42pm
I didn't know that. Now, I'm mad at him. No matter what my feelings are on the subject; National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. It's not an opinion; it's a fact. The only defense I have heard is: The Nation was originally a Christian Nation. Even if that were true it would then be considered "accidentally unconstitutional".
Comment by Shanika on May 7, 2010 at 11:31am
There are quite a few things going on that are unconstitutional in this country.

But anyway, the other day my husband became the commander of a company in the army. At his "change of command" ceremony, they had prayer. The prayer was even ended "In Christ's name". I was just shaking my head the whole time. I don't understand how this is okay! It really makes those who are not Christian feel like outsiders. Why should I bow my head in reverence to your imaginary god?! America is not a Christian Nation. The Constituion forms a SECULAR document.

"Congress shall make No law respecting an established religion"...(First Ammendment)

The only argument in favor of describing America as a Christian Nation would be that Christianity has largely shaped and molded this country. Western culture had somewhat of a Biblical-Christian cultural influence. But it cannot mean and does not mean that America is a nation whose laws require everyone to adhere to christian theology. We can acknowlege that the country was originally influenced by Christian morals and values but when we start creating laws respecting Christianity (like laws that don't allow homosexuals to marry because the bible says it's wrong, or laws that admonish people to pray), it is a clear violation of the first ammendment.

As President Obama said, we are NO LONGER a Christian nation; meaning, we can no longer look to Christianity or biblical principles alone as the moral compass for this nation; not when there are so many people of different faiths and non-religious people in this country.
Comment by Johnny on May 9, 2010 at 9:36am


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