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101st Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Skirt NonReligious Meeting Laws and Arrest Those Who take Them Seriously

School board administrators in Polk County, Florida have had a hard time keeping their religion out of the public schools. Last spring, a God-themed banner was placed outside one of its elementary schools, and last fall a Polk County citizen complained of persistent opening prayers at school board meetings dominated by Christian clergy and references [...]

Intercessory Prayer Science Goes Quiet after Rejection of God Hypothesis

You may recall that a few years ago, there was a certain degree of excitement in some religious circles over the imminent publication of research findings regarding the effect of “intercessory prayer” (prayer at a distance) on health. The God Hypothesis, popular in a number of religious communities, predicts that people praying at a distance [...]

If John Boehner Doesn’t Get His Way, You Didn’t Pray Hard Enough, Bub

In a letter I found in my mailbox today, Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association asked me to pray as hard as the heroic genocidal baby-killers of the Bible.

In a very real sense I am asking you and every other AFA member to act as Aaron and Hur did when Moses prayed to [...]

The Three Prayers God Always Says Yes To

1. Dear Lord, could you replace my current refrigerator with an exact replica? 2. I would be eternally in your debt, God, if you would move that rock on the far side of the moon six inches to the left. 3. O Great and Mighty Ruler of the Universe, does today’s Lotto number begin with [...]

Bradford Braley’s Nonsense Prayer

What kind of independence and personal freedom places the common good above all personal desires? [...]

Power of Political Prayer Fizzles in Gulf States

Yesterday, the Republican governors of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas orchestrated an official Day of Prayer to stop the onslaught of the offshore oil spill from the site of the wrecked BP Deepwater Horizon. Five official declarations called for coordinated intercessory prayer to stop the still-spilling oil gusher at the bottom of the Gulf [...]

Remember All The Prayers That Didn’t Work

In a recent survey, 68.4 of religious Americans said that prayer is not part of their form of religious observance. The National Day of Prayer is certainly not national in its acceptance. [...]

What is the Will of God on S. 3254?

If Sharron Dinnie is right, U.S. Senators are looking to God for directions about how to vote, but God is failing to communicate. [...]

National Day Of Prayer Promotes Certain Literalist Christianity

The National Day of Prayer Task Force compels all its volunteers to sign a religious loyalty oath that binds them to allow only Christians to lead National Day of Prayer activities. That loyalty oath also requires volunteers to agree to a particular, narrow form of Christianity. [...]

Reimbursement for Intercessory Prayer Treatments? Not God’s Will.

As the health care reform bill wound its way through the U.S. Senate, senators John Kerry and Orrin Hatch attempted to attach a provision that would reimburse religious practitioners for engaging in distant intercessory prayer; under the plan, health insurance companies would have to make payments to for-profit dial-a-prayer operations when people got sick.

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Senate Chaplain Uses Fort Hood Shootings To Promote His Religion

Chaplain Black wasn’t consoling anybody. He was using a multiple murder to continue to push the idea that the USA could become a Christian theocracy, beseeching his deity to control the thoughts of the US senators before him, to “imbue their minds with Your vision of what we can become when we seek first to do Your will.” [...]