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Sunday, November 25, 2007

It's Come to this: Atheist about to Pray

Grant, please get an editor, or at least someone to read your articles before you post them. There are several instances in which you fail to form complete sentences.

There's an assertion that if the author were in a Muslim country, they would respect Islamic practices and so non-christians should do the same in the US. First, we have separation of church and state in the US, whereas in many Muslim countries, Islamic law and governance prevails. Secondly, the US is not a christian nation, regardless of how much you want it to be so.

I applaud Michael Harvey's willingness to put himself out there to protest the insidious practice of religious observance in connection with city council meetings.

From http://www.theconservativevoice.com/article/29378.html

by Grant Swank

November 24, 2007 12:00 PM EST

So we no longer agree to a Judeo-Christian heritage. God is tossed out like old day bread. Allah is permitted his due in public schools where separate rooms are provided Muslims for prayer mats. And now an atheist is about to stand before his city council to "pray."

Jesus said that in the last days there would be false prophets and false christs. They are aplenty today. Some of them are wrapped in atheist's garb, appearing as the secular saviors for the community-the world.

So it is that Fox News reports that Michael Harvey takes to the pulpit, that is, the council lectern. He's about to pray. To whom? For what? Expecting in return?

He champions that there's nothing "out there" to pray to except reason, science, and so forth. So he's about to offer his petition or praise, whichever, to the noone in the skies in order to bring some sort of earth-bound wisdom to the council proceedings.

Of course, his intention is not any of the above. His motive is to drive further the hammer fist into the Judeo-Christian heritage of America. Go to a Middle East country, as I have, and be a gentleman and a lady. When you see the mosques to your right and left, realize that you are in a Muslim country. Respect the Islamic adheretns as they do whatever they. That's their heritage.

When world travelers come to America, they should be gentlemen and ladies enough to respect the Judeo-Christian heritage. It was the bedrock of our nation. It led to God's smile upon our best endeavors. It opened us up to His discipline when necessary; it provided us His blessings when warranted. In all, God was never far away; to many He was as close as breathing.

That's why when I was in Frederick MD High School, we had devotions to start the day. I recall the woman faculty sponsor who helped organize them. When it came my turn, I read a passage from the Bible then offered a brief prayer. Those in the classrooms were silent. They listened. With that the entire school began the school day by beseeching God for His overview. Very good. No riots. No complaints. No picket signs. It happened and we were better for it.

Of course you can fill in the blanks as to what would happen today if that were even entertained as an option. Yet Michael can go to the Tampa City Council with his whatever to the no one there as if he's followed proper protocol. In some totally secular rooms, I suppose he is doing just that. But when it comes to the city council in America, it's a very very tragic day-not just a sad day, but a tragic day.

If the country on the course it's on, it won't need a prophet to spell out the wrath of God quotient around the corner. Gloom and doom? Time will tell.

In the meantime, Fox News reports: "Atheist Michael Harvey was about to give the invocation at a Tampa City Council meeting when some members became angry. A debate continued for nearly 30 minutes until three members walked out.

"Mary Alvarez left saying she shouldn't have to 'listen to an atheist sit here and tell me what I should or should not believe in.'

"Tampa atheists were granted permission to speak during the invocation after scolding the council for praying to 'invisible men in the sky.'

"Harvey doesn't believe in God so praying for civic wisdom for public servants, the whole idea behind any invocation, was impossible.

"'All I was trying to get across was that if they're going to be guided by something let them be guided by things we know work... reason... logic, science,' Harvey said.

"Inviting an atheist to lead a prayer seems foolish, said Luis Lugo of the Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life. "It doesn't make any sense to be praying in essence to 'whom it may concern.'"

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