Time for Atheist Prayers at Town Meetings

atheist prayerI have a relative, of sorts, who thinks their religion is being oppressed because they can’t drag out family gathering dinner prayers to something more than a couple of sentences followed by an hour of intense theological fornication. They forget the family is composed of a number of religious alliances ranging from Episcopalian, Buddhism, atheist, secular, and spiritual but not religious, including their own version which though unnamed seems intensely devout, perhaps an old time Anglican Crack.

Since a family is scalable to a community the Supreme Court in its infinite wisdom has shown us a way through this mess. We’ll just allow leaders to choose whichever invocation they choose without regard to the rest.

Exclusion is the new inclusion.

While I had hoped for something nondenominational that would inspire, motivate, and commingle all of us that seems to be too much to bear for even those of us who actually proclaim love for each other, one another.

We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the benefits of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, did ordain and establish the Constitution of the United States of America and do swear to uphold and stand by it.

Too nationalistic, need a jingo?

Be good to each other, don’t overcook the rice & engage in dialog.

Doesn’t really get to the point, no teeth.

Dammit, leave everyone to their own philosophies unless they are hurting others.

Something more female?

Not for ourselves alone.

Abandoning that pipe dream I may need to come up with a secular prayer that is equally exclusive to those who don’t share my world-view. I need to fit in the group and show I am as exclusive and ostracizing as they are. There’s a compassionate, gracious, generous side of me that wants to get along, silence myself, be invisible, and keep drinking near-free liquor.

Nawww, if religion is now a competition of the right sort of religion then how is excluding myself from their game of exclusivity helpful? There is no time to have everyone do their own invocation though I have always liked the circle where everyone says quickly something they think is pertinent, whatever that means. The good part is I have a little time to write and memorize an appropriate competitive invocation.

It’s really hard to do this when they invoke Jesus and god and all those all powerful beings that know everything and will doom me to damnation, not being with god, if I don’t find him, her, it. But I’ll try a few over the next few months and see if something sounds right. It’s hard because it should’t be mocking but a sincere love and concern that others be saved through reason. Humor is never taken seriously. No, let’s get it right out, privacy, personal choice, love, be damned. As Justice Roberts demands, there must be unfettered prayer.

Dear Bill, Neil, Richard, Giovanni, and Charles thank you for being out.

Thank you for seeking the truth so that we may be encouraged with your good results, verified by others.

Thanks to all of the scientists, rationalists, and people of reason who proved religion to be wrong headed and immoral.

May others see your beneficial evidence and banish their bias, bigotry, and prejudice.

May we continue to enjoy the fruits of your research to make better solar panels and technologies to ameliorate global warming.

May we listen to our sisters and partners and heed their reproductive rights.

May we no longer concern ourselves with how people love each other, as long as it is consensual and safe.

Protect us from those who would arm themselves against us. Make arms and weapon use safe from everyone.

Protect us from the rapacious evils of inequality but especially those who earn 1,000 times more than the average. Let no one suffer because there is no work to do, they are ill, or they are disenfranchised.

Teach us to remove the blindness of false spirits, empty ghosts, and nihilistic gods from our eyes that we may see the beauty that is for all.

Let us seek justice here and now so that justice may not be for the dead alone. 

Let us be a community of peace, a safe haven for ourselves not alone.

In the name of the modern apostles Harris, Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett, and Ali let us give thanks for reason, knowledge, and wisdom through evidence available to all.

Right on brothers and sisters!

Thank you very much. There will be an hour of critical thinking study after dinner.

Aaah well, just a first attempt. Is there a Toastmasters for atheists?

Jim Newman, bright and well www.frontiersofreason.com

About Jim Newman

Jim Newman is a philosopher. When I was young I wondered what was the ultimate truth. How should I behave? What makes it all work? I was intensely curious to know what it all means. It was enlightening to realize there is no ultimate truth, but nevertheless sufficient and necessary turth, and that meaning was a meta analysis of living one’s life. In this sense my work has been living large. Living and experiencing life has made me learn many things. Building boats, motors, houses, electronics. Raising animals. Teaching. Writing. Photography. Drawing. Knitting. Sewing. Cooking. Music. Painting. Hiking. Aboriginal living skills. All material aspects of reality that seem irrelevant until you realize they allow you to experience more. My epiphany came when I read Christopher Hitchen’s “Letters to a Young Contrarian” and I felt vindicated in my many meals of sacred cow.
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