Atheists: National Day of Prayer Creates ‘Hostile Environment’


Freedom From Religion Foundation is on a mission to wipe out faith from the public square. Filing lawsuits galore, the group has religiously attacked the foundations of this country for quite some time.

In this particular case they’ve erroneously tagged prayer as religion. Perhaps they need to talk this one over with their “innerselves” before proceeding any further.

This from AP:

Atheist group sues Bush over national prayer day

MADISON, Wis. — The nation’s largest group of atheists and agnostics is suing President Bush, the governor of Wisconsin and other officials over the federal law designating a National Day of Prayer.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sued Friday in U.S. district court, arguing that the president’s mandated proclamations calling on Americans to pray violates a constitutional ban on government officials endorsing religion.

The day of prayer, held each year on the first Thursday of May, creates a “hostile environment for nonbelievers, who are made to feel as if they are political outsiders,” the lawsuit said.

The national proclamation issued this year asked God’s blessings on our country and called for Americans to observe the day with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities.

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle is named in the suit because he is one of 50 governors who issued proclamations calling for the prayer day. The foundation is based in Madison.

Shirley Dobson, chairwoman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, and White House press secretary Dana Perino also are named.

The foundation has filed numerous lawsuits in recent years, including one rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court last year that attacked President Bush’s faith-based initiative.

The White House and Doyle spokesman Lee Sensenbrenner had no comment on the lawsuit. A message seeking comment from the task force was not returned Friday.


9 thoughts on “Atheists: National Day of Prayer Creates ‘Hostile Environment’

  1. “Freedom From Religion Foundation is on a mission to wipe out faith from the public square. Filing lawsuits galore, the group has religiously attacked the foundations of this country for quite some time.”

    Wrong. Not the public square, but the government square.

    If some private organization, or even several, want to get together and declare a day ‘Prayer Day’, then they are welcome to it. The problem is the government getting involved and promoting it.

    The government should not be involved in any part of religion. Period.

  2. @morsecOde…First, by public square I mean government as well. Who do you think governs those public squares?

    Secondly, religion and prayer are two separate things. Prayer, in essence, is talking to God, or for others, talking to a Higher Power. You do not need “religion” to have a conversation with God.

    I know for non-believers, it’s easy to dismiss prayer as something looney. But for those of us who have experienced His grace, prayer is real and it’s as necessary as breathing air.

    Perhaps if you simply respected that fact alone, you would accomodate public prayer.

  3. Sorry, but if you have a god, and you have a doctrine that tells you you can talk to him, that’s a religion.

    I don’t dismiss prayer as loony. I look at the facts. Every study has shown that prayer does not work. But if people want to pray, that’s fine. The government should not, however, be promotion or prohibiting it. It’s not the government’s business.

  4. “Every” study?

    How about this one:

    Numerous scientific studies have evaluated the therapeutic effects of prayer. Generally, the research has shown that people who pray regularly are less likely to become ill and that when they do, they tend to recover faster. Interestingly, not only does prayer seem to have healing effects upon the people who pray, it also appears to benefit those who are prayed for by others.

    source: link

    There are plenty of studies that show the power of prayer as well. But, besides that, it’s more than an intellectual argument…for those that come to believe, it’s real…and they don’t even need “doctrine” to tell them so.

    A doctrine does not tell me that I have to pray. However, I want to pray for so many reasons…one being that I can have a personal relationship with God.

  5. Prayer makes you feel good. As does meditation. Or a sugar pill.

    My issue is prayer doing anything outside of your own mind.

    If all you think prayer does is make you feel good, then the government should support a “National Day of Afternoon Naps”.

  6. The way I see this is simple, like religions want their masses to be. If I pray, I hear myself, and only myself. When ‘God’ ever spoke to me, I could revel in the fact that I’ve made this booming voice in my head all on my own.

    Keep your religion to yourself and the world will be a better place. Quit shoving it down everyone’s throat. History has shown time and time again that imposing any type of religious activity on the people only causes more problems.

    Yet religious people persist on doing just that. You might think them a little insane since the one sign is doing something over and over again but expecting different results.

    Sorry, I’m in a hate god mood…it’s a losing proposition in my opinion.

    All this from books written by people that thought the world was flat. Isn’t it time for a new book?

  7. The bottom line is that the United States is a nation based on Christianity. It should not be and any progress away from a government that condones religion is a good one.

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