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National Day of Prayer

Tradition my ass, it was George W. Bush who broke from tradition. And it wouldn't matter if it were a tradition. The president really has no place telling me that I should pray.



What utter nonsense. When did the President become a pope? Having Rick Warren give the benediction at his inauguration wasn't enough for these religious wackos? Jesus Christ.(pun intended.)

She is so right something we've been doing sice 1952 is a "long standing tradition" and a "huge part of our history" GoBama


best line: "and im not so sure if should involve prayer in making a political decision."

this is just so funny to watch.

I'd be happy to support President Obama leading us in prayer. Now which direction is Mecca again? ;)

How many times in that clip did they say he should be praying in public as it's more "inclusive"? How would it not be exclusive of everyone who isn't a Christian??

I hate Fox & Friends. I always end up yelling at the screen...

I don't get it. The people that want to pray (on any day of the year) can do so to their heart's content. Is the complaint that they aren't getting media coverage this time? Why should that matter?

My daughter made a wish a few months ago and blew out some candles.

CNN was not there.

I was not upset.

The only thing I wish for and recommend to the President in this respect is that he gives those two little girls the space and time to find out their own truth. There are far more immediate truths to be told the children.

I like Emo Philips on prayer.

When I was a kid, I used to pray for a bicycle. But then I figured out the lord doesn't work that way, so I stole a bike and prayed for forgiveness instead.

But - what's that on the right? Google ads puts up the Christian Prayer Center for this post! Just click through and Norm gets paid thanks to the desire of others to pray!

If you were struggling for a precise definition of “retarded twats” this clip gives you four excellent examples. One of the bleach-blond retards muttered “I’m not sure that we should involve prayer in making a political decision.” And then they go on to say how Obama is missing an opportunity to cash in on the “huge” tradition of Prayer Day. Once again, I think that conservatives are completely immune to irony. That’s about as far as I got in the clip. Two minutes of Fox News is more than anyone should be forced to watch in a week.

Does anyone believe for a second that any of these cretins are religious or hold some sort of moral superiority over…I don’t know…anyone? Fox News has turned from a blind defense of every outrage committed by the Bush administration to railing against every move made by Obama.

@leftbanker: "If you were struggling for a precise definition of “retarded twats” this clip gives you four excellent examples."

I respectfully disagree... To label them retarded lets them off the hook on the grounds of sub-normal mental capacity. I think they know exactly what they're doing. I would suggest they are mendacious, venal twats...

"Tradition is the illusion of permanence." (IIRC). Who else? Woody Allen in one my favorite movies of his, Deconstructing Harry.

Assholes everywhere use it to justify their assholific antics. It's a favorite of religion too. In my country, well-off, educated people use it because they like public bloody massacres of bulls (bull "fighting"), for instance.

"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men." - Jesus

(Matthew 6:5, from the sermon on the mount)

"If ever there was a time when our country could use some prayer" Aha! So we've decided that prayer is causally efficacious (if we 'could use it' it must do something such that it can be useful to us). Now all we need is a brief statement of what it's supposed to do, then we can look to see whether it actually does it, find that it does not, and then realise the whole thing was just a mistake. No more prayer day.

Oh... prayer doesn't work that way? It's useful, but it doesn't do anything specifiable or testable? I see.

Maybe we should have a national day of reading economics textbooks. Or better yet, a thin dose of hard scepticism. I declare it Science as a Candle in the Dark day.

What about a national day of reflection? And the President asked us to take a moment of silence as one nation to reflect on our choices as a nation. Would there be any value to a mass action by the public for that reason?

Wow, I especially like the part about how he has a responsibility to pray in public. Simply stunning. And how is it that these morons have spun the notion of a public Christian prayer ritual being 'inclusive', where as allowing people to reflect on whatever religion they adhere to, or lack thereof, in private is somehow 'exclusive' of others?

If there's one thing the sanctimonious assholes at Fox News and in the Bush administration understood it is that praying in public so nicely facilitates preying on the public.

"When you pray, don't be like hypocrites. They like to stand in synagogues and on street corners to pray so that everyone can see them. I can guarantee this truth: That will be their only reward.

When you pray, go to your room and close the door. Pray privately to your Father who is with you. Your Father sees what you do in private. He will reward you."

-Matthew 6:5-6

Fuck Fox News!

Obama is leading by example. He's praying in private, keeping this out of political statements.

He will never ever be able to satisfy the religious right.

“I’m not sure that we should involve prayer in making a political decision.” Duh. exactly. Too bad you don't know what this means.


i was going to point out, as gypsy sister did, that Obama is leading by example, but including the observation that Jesus cautions, in the bible, to pray in private, to not be like the hypocrites, etc.


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