All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.”
Hey, it’s National Day of Prayer! What are you atheists doing as your superstitious fellow-countrymen, led by a hypocrite who exemplifies their values in no way whatsoever, declare their obeisance to their Imaginary Friend, and ask him for lots of stuff?
Mel Brooks compared God to a Chinese waiter, feverishly rushing around, overwhelmed by the countless requests he gets. I could go on and on about how prayer makes no sense, how humans will not make true progress until, in the words of Emile Zola, “the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest.”
“We worship God”
But you all know that. You also know that many of the Founders were outright atheists. Your stomach heaves as Orange Julius declares that “the Democrats worship government (ok so far) – but we worship God!” Never fails to evoke a passionate, animalistic roar.
That this is my country, with its Third World attachment to religion, fills me with shame. I bet other industrialized countries think we’re a bunch of rubes.
So far, the founding ideals have turned out to be too much of a stretch: religion should have no place in public life -- that was assumed, unfortunately not by everyone. Still, the Founders said nothing about how religion must permeate every aspect of public and political life. And therefore – cue First Amendment -- the government must be uninvolved with religion in every way, certainly not endorsing it from the Presidential podium.
Trust in God -- NOT
“In God we trust” is a simple, stupid lie. If the Founders had stuck with that, we’d all be speaking with British accents (that’s not all bad).
I haven’t seen an exegesis of prayer better than George Carlin’s. He tried praying to God, but his prayers were answered only 50% of the time. No point in that. On a logical, physical basis, George endorsed sun worship: look at all the good things Apollo gives us. But he doesn’t answer our prayers.
Carlin descends into total absurdity by settling on Joe Peschi, a guy who can get things done.
Don’t these idiots understand that a hundred other cultures and societies are praying to their gods, often for the destruction of us?
The right-hand page
My own shame began when I started reading the right-hand page of the Jewish prayer book (Hebrew on the left). A small part consists of actually asking God for anything. It’s mostly humiliating ass-kissing. And they repeat this, day after day after day…
C’mon homo sapiens, accent on the second word. You can do better.
Happy Prayer Day!