Left Behind

TedCruzPraying

Yes, that’s Texas Senator Ted Cruz (with others) requesting intervention from an imaginary person in the sky and not being hauled away for psychological observation.

Ow! I missed that one. Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer:

National Day of Prayer lamentsObergefell aftermath

RELIGION | Speakers at the 65th annual event call for God’s intervention in matters of marriage, gender, and Supreme Court decisions

WASHINGTON—Each year since 1952, Christians have convened in the U.S. capital to pray for the nation’s future. But this year, the first National Day of Prayer since Supreme Court legalized gay marriage had renewed urgency.

“We need visible and verbal followers of Jesus Christ. Everybody else is coming out of the closet; we might as well come out too,” said Tony Evans, a Dallas pastor and the 2016 National Day of Prayer keynote speaker. “We don’t need any more secret-agent Christianity.”

Familiar faces in evangelical circles brought a more serious message to the 65th annual event. There were prayers for God’s blessing, prayers of repentance, prayers for each branch of the government, and for the military. But a similar thread connected messages from Christian leaders: last summer’s Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges to redefine marriage and the battleground for Bible believers against a radical LGBT agenda.

Also known as The National Day of Acting Foolishly in Public. The above was posted yesterday by Evan Wilt.

I have only myself to blame for missing this event, because a few days earlier it was a topic of discussion at breakfast with the Freethinkers Association of Central Texas (FACT). This is from four years ago:

“We’re not opposed to prayer. We just think it ought to take place in something like San Fernando Cathedral over here — not government property,” said Ruth Lett, a San Antonio resident with the Freethinkers Association of Central Texas, which perennially has a handful of protesters to the event.

Mayor Julián Castro read a proclamation and paid homage to the role of prayer in San Antonio, ignoring shouts from an anti-abortion protestor holding a sign with a graphic photo of an aborted fetus.

At the breakfast last Saturday there were calls for inclusion. Freethinkers, such as ourselves, should be equally represented. Some form of humanist prayer should be given shoulder room alongside all those Christians praying and taking up space in a public venue. I gave this about five seconds thought, and I thought, “No.” Guys, listen. One of the benefits of being a freethinker is not being expected to act foolishly in public.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

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