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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Hooray for Public Prayer

Recently, the valedictorian at a graduation in South Carolina made the bold move of reciting the Lord's Prayer in his speech despite warnings from school officials not to do so. The school ordered him not to out of fear of a lawsuit from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a secular advocacy organization.

The valedictorian should be praised for being true to his Christian faith, which teaches its followers to pray loudly in public. As Jesus said in Matthew 6:5 "And when you pray, don't do it in private. Make sure you do it loudly and in public so everyone can see how holy you are."

The secular folks are being overly-sensitive. There's hardly a trace of religion in the public square. If sessions of Congress began with a prayer, or if the President got sworn in on a Bible, or if money had "In God We Trust" on it, or if students were forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, then maybe they would have a point.

This is a Christian nation founded on biblical principles. Principles like free speech, elections, allowing women to vote, outlawing slavery, & bicameral legislatures are all found in the Bible. Even freedom of religion is a Christian principle. The first commandment says "thou may have other gods beside me" and Jesus famously said "there are many paths to the top of the mountain, so do what you feel."

If anything, there is far too much pagan influence in our culture. For example, the days of the week are named after the gods the pagans of England worshiped: Sunday for the sun god, Monday for the moon god, Tuesday for Tyr, the war god, Wednesday for Woden, the god of magic, Thursday for Thor, the god of thunder, Friday for Feyja, the goddess of drinking & fornicating, and Saturday for Saturn, the god feasting.

These names, particularly Friday, set a terrible example. I propose the days be renamed to: Churchday, Mosesday, Jesusday, Godday, Holyghostday, Virginmaryday, and Prayerday. It will set a great example for the children. 

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