In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Greece v. Galloway decision, which reaffirmed the constitutional right of government officials to lead Christian prayers in any public forum, atheists reacted with much consternation. I’ve already written about the always entertaining Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). It announced its retaliatory “path forward” for Christ-haters, brazenly calling for the “mockery” of God and summoning atheists to infiltrate any public forum that might open in prayer and then to “voice disapproval … by booing, making thumbs down gestures, blowing a raspberry, or by making other audible sounds signifying disapproval. …”
FFRF said it plans to “lodge more complaints, write more letters, conduct more protests, and bring more lawsuits.”
Meanwhile, the FFRF’s partners in God-denial, The American Humanist Association (AHA), have opted for the old “if-you-can’t-beat-them-join-them” approach, calling on atheists across America to demand they be allowed to give atheist prayers (“secular invocations”) at government events. Rather than closing their eyes, bowing their heads and praying to the Living God, they ask those in attendance to open their eyes, look around and pray to each other.
They even give examples:
“Juan Mendez, member of the Arizona House of Representatives, delivered a humanist invocation to the Arizona House of Representatives on May 21, 2013,” notes the AHA.
“Most prayers in this room begin with a request to bow your heads. I would like to ask you not to bow your heads,” began Mendez.
“Dan Nerren, founder of Atheist Community of Tulsa, made history by being the first atheist to give an invocation at the Tulsa City Council Meeting on August 30, 2012,” boasts the AHA.
“Our common humanity unites us all, and may we recognize that through our interdependence we share a common fate,” Nerren prayed to himself and his god, humanity.
“Rather than bowing our heads and closing our eyes in deference, we should open our eyes widely to face the reality that confronts us,” he implored. “Through the prudent use of reason and compassion we can ensure the success of this great city.”
Next up, AHA gives us Robert Ray. The group describes Ray as the “president of The Humanists of the North Puget Sound and humanist celebrant, [who] gave the first ever Humanist opening invocation at the Oak Harbor city council meeting on February 4, 2014.”
“Normally you would bow your heads for an invocation in this chamber, but I am going to ask that you raise your eyes and think about a few things today,” Ray “prayed.”
“My secular humanism, which is to say, reason and science, lead me to believe that we, as humans, can meet the challenges of these differences and create a society with less dissension and leave a better, more equal culture for future generations.”
The implication, of course, is that believers are unreasonable and unscientific. I’m reminded of those wonderful “humanist” leaders, Josef Stalin, Adolph Hitler and Mao Tse-Tung.
Next, we move to my home state of Colorado. “Joe Alaimo of the Western Colorado Atheists & Freethinkers,” writes AHA, “delivered the first non-denominational invocation to the Grand Junction City Council on January 5, 2011.”
In his “prayer” to humanity, Alaimo “dream[s] of a day when the strength to take on the task of public service need not be found by bowing the head, closing the eyes and praying for it,” but, “instead, we hope for a day when whomever chooses to serve, in whatever capacity, can lift their head, open their eyes, and, with compassionate reason, find strength in the hands, hearts and eyes of their brothers and sisters.”
We all know what kind of “change” we get with this brand of secularist “hope.”
These mock “prayers” presume to mock both God and His faithful. But they’re futile. As Romans 1:18-25 warns, the mock prayers of this mock “humanist” religion, merely invites the wrath of the very God it mocks:
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
Psalm 14:1 observes, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.”
Let us all thank the American Humanist Association for, once again, proving true the infallible words of Scripture.
And then let us pray for them.
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