Today is another National Day of Prayer, a day when all Americans are supposed to talk to their imaginary friend (who never answers). The President, like his predecessors, shamelessly merges church and state and reaffirms, for the world to see, that we are still a nation awash in religiosity, still clinging to the notion that our imaginary friend hears it all, will somehow will be affected by the prayers, and change his immutable plan to grant every one of the zillion wishes that come his way.
Particularly odious to me are the prayers that god bestow certain qualities on the individual or group: "Give me/us the strength/understand/courage, etc." What, he wasn't going to do it in the first place? And why can't we do all that ourselves?
True to his ignorance, Trump recently proclaimed that "in god we trust" is our national motto. I'm sure a lot of American believe that it is.
There is only one thing worse than immersing oneself sincerely in all this psychotic make-believe...and that is to do it insincerely, like Trump himself and the three-day-a-year Jews who go through the motions because they're afraid to appear unreligious. I have less respect for these hypocrites than for the Orthodox, who are at least sincere about their fantasies.
In honor of National Superstition Day, I offer George Carlin's masterful deconstruction of the ten commandments: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE8ooMBIyC8 .