All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.”

Tennessee Williams

 

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!

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Comment by Alan Perlman on May 4, 2018 at 9:54am

I think we're in denial of the fact that these fucking freaks are already running the country -- Bertold...reluctantly agree.  The inclination to superstition is  hard-wired into the human brain.  It has a 100,000 year head start over reason.  One simple fact says it all: an atheist will ,NEVER hold high office in this country (or any office in any country).

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 3, 2018 at 9:42pm

Addendum to previous post

The article linked below ended with:

  • Perkins can be seen in the far left of the photo above. During the ceremony Trump singled out his “spiritual advisor” Paula White for praise. Reminders about her are below.

Joe helpfully added this footnote:

  • PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Paula White announces “cancer busting” summer crusade in which she will “evaporate tumors” with the power of Jesus. Paula White demands that followers donate one month’s pay or suffer God’s consequences. Paula White recalls the time Obama threw the baby Jesus out of the White House. Paula White’s husband claims he wrote Journey’s smash hit Don’t Stop Believin’ as a tribute to Jesus. Paula White claims demons are attacking Trump because they fear his SCOTUS nominations. Paula White claims that when you oppose Trump, you are opposing “the hand of God.”

I think we're in denial of the fact that these fucking freaks are already running the country, and will be in complete charge as soon as they poison the judiciary to a critical mass.

I'm just a cockeyed optimist.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 3, 2018 at 9:24pm

This is in case anyone would like to brave a look at how the worst of the worst of the opposition is responding.

[Puke bag strongly suggested]

Tony Perkins: Trump Has Taken Religious Liberty Out Of Obama’s Trash Heap (With Adultery And Porn Stars)

Courtesy of Joe

The eminent Mr. Perkins' totally enlightening comments here

Comment by Loren Miller on May 3, 2018 at 7:07pm

Bertold, I can't imagine that the echo had died on the announcement about the White House faith office than Americans United, the FFRF, American Atheists and the ACLU were already revving up their legal departments in opposition to that obvious contravention of the First Amendment.  Yet one more way Dolt 45 can get his ass kicked (as though there weren't enough already!).

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 3, 2018 at 5:01pm

And to add to the fun, this lovely little item just came out in The Atlantic--

Comment by Alan Perlman on May 3, 2018 at 4:57pm

HI, Thanks for sending.   We have to keep saying it. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 3, 2018 at 4:44pm

Yep.

I just posted this in another group--

Great article in Patheos by Michael Stone


National Day Of Prayer Insults Reason, Mocks U.S. Constitution


May 2, 2018

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