Day of Prayer, Month of May, Year of the Bible

One of these things is not like the other…

Justin Vacula over at the Scranton Atheism Examiner noted today that with all the problems in Pennsylvania, the PA House of Representatives is considering another State/Religion bill:

Not to be confused with the recent “Year of the Bible” resolution that had unanimously been passed by the House of Representatives in Pennsylvania, a new resolution, House Resolution No. 609, seeks to recognize May 3 as the “National Day of Prayer” in Pennsylvania. It is not yet clear when this resolution will be voted on, but this resolution was introduced yesterday on March 12.

Among other words in House Resolution No. 609, the resolution states that the “National Day of Prayer” “is a day set aside to pray for this nation,” “belongs to all citizens,” “was not created for political reasons or to promote any other agenda except prayer” and “is a day to ask for healing, to heal this nation and to bring people together in true unity.”

Of course, it was created exactly for political reasons to promote a religious agenda and to suggest that the non-religious are “lesser” citizens in the eyes of the Commonwealth.  It is important to remember that even the National Day of Prayer has been deemed unconstitutional.  Vacula writes:

In 2010, the National Day of Prayer, at a federal level, had been deemed unconstitutional — although the ruling was later overturned in 2011 due to a lack of standing — by senior Federal Judge Barbara Crabb as a result of a legal victory by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). Judge Crabb, in her decision, noted that “the government has taken sides on a matter that must be left to individual conscience” and “The same law that prohibits the government from declaring a National Day of Prayer also prohibits it from declaring a National Day of Blasphemy.”

It is time to write your representative to speak out against this bill.  Unfortunately, I doubt it will do much good.  Politicians are all to happy to ignore the First Amendment and wear their religion on their sleeves.

*** Update: Like the Year of the Bible, it was “INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, MARCH 12, 2012 ” by Rep. Saccone (and others), so it won’t even be debated on the floor.


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3 Responses to Day of Prayer, Month of May, Year of the Bible

  1. Pingback: George Washington’s Prayer At Valley Forge: The National Day of Prayer Begins « Bear Veracity

  2. revelmundo says:

    Shoveling shit against a tsunami is terribly exhausting. Sometimes I have to wonder how long it can possibly go on before it ultimately kills everyone.

    I am oftentimes led to seriously contemplate that this, in fact, is the grand strategy of the buffoons who are so intent to promote of this kind of bullshit, pardon my Rusky. The barrage of feces coming our way is simply much too overwhelming to be a mere coincidence.

    And when I contemplate the fact that a very sizable number of our neighbors and fellow citizens are at the ready to lend their support and vote for any one of the three morons currently bobbin’ for support in the Ignoramus Party, I can only come to one conclusion: slowly but surely, Ignoramity is gaining ground as the national standard in this country. The Booboisie have the keys to the asylum firmly in their possession.

    It’s positively frightening.

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