Modern atheists are more than people that do not believe in God, or that in fact there is no god. Becky Garrison, in her book The New Atheist Crusaders, described an almost ironic religious fervor of atheists to spread their “faith.” Thursday, May 3, is either the National Day of Prayer or the National Day of Reason, depending on how you look at it. (click image to link to Christian Post)
The National Day of Prayer dates back all the way to 1775 when the founding fathers ask American colonists to pray for the formation of the new nation. Truman signed a proclamation in 1952 officially recognizing a day of prayer, Reagan designated the first Thursday of May. The National Day of Reason began in 2003 in direct protest to there being a day for prayer. “Millions of Americans” are marginalized when we as a nation are asked to pray. In defense of the day of prayer, Christian leaders often point out that the day is not exclusively Christian nor the domain of any one group.
February is Black History Month. As a history teacher, I still get the occasional “When is white history month” question. White history month? Well that would be January, March, April, et. al. My first contention is that there are 364 other days of the year when the government does not call us to prayer. The New Testament instructs Christians to pray without ceasing, as well insisting we pray for those in authority whether we like them or not, whether they rule justly or not. The idea behind the Day of Reason is that it is reason, not prayer, that we should rely on to solve the nation’s problems. My second contention is that it is reasonable to pray. Prayer and reason are not diametrically opposed to each other. Those who believe God created the universe still identify the physical laws that govern it. The organizers claim they want to offer Americans an alternative to prayer. It looks to me like the one day set aside for prayer is the alternative for the other 364 days of business as usual. If reason hasn’t solve our problems since this day last May, what is 6 more hours on the Congressional floor going to accomplish?
The religion of Atheists is about preaching the “gospel” that God does not exist, converting those on the fence or even those of faith to give it up. Atheists insist that all religious belief must be given in up in order to for society to advance. Going beyond non-belief, they see belief and faith as destructive forces that must be countered. Touting a message of reason, they pervert good science and logic. Destroying your faith is their goal, and an increasing number of atheists are willing to not only admit that but to proclaim it.