Counting down to the National Day of Reason.
What kind of sick joke is this “National Day of Prayer” business? It’s like having a National Day of Fasting or a National Day of the Muslim Salat. In other words, it’s lame, and it’s unconstitutional. And the federal court agrees with me.
Seriously though, a “National Day of Prayer” — a time for citizens to “turn to God in prayer and meditation”? As opposed to a time to “turn to Allah or Zeus or Santa Claus or the tooth fairy”? What preposterous nonsense.
“Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it. …civil powers alone have been given to the President of the United States and no authority to direct the religious exercises of his constituents.”
– Thomas Jefferson