National Day of Reason and Apostasy (and Prayer :)

Haha... the fellow in the yellow shirt thought for a moment that we were part of the prayer rally :)

Join us on Public Square for our 4th annual National Day of Prayer counterpoint, which coincides with the National Day of Reason and also our 3rd annual Jay D. Gardner memorial National Day of Apostasy.

The first Thursday in May once again marks the government-endorsed National Day of Prayer. And once again, the handling of NDP events nationwide has been left to the exclusively conservative Christian National Day of Prayer Task Force. In order for any NDP observance to be registered, the registrant must affirm allegiance to the God of the Bible and Jesus Christ (Note: this language was easily visible in past years, however this year it is hidden unless one registers as a website User).

All that aside, the constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer is dubious at best. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) won an unprecedented victory in 2010 in which the NDP was ruled to be unconstitutional, only to have the decision overturned a year later.

We'll gather on the periphery of the south quadrant of Public Square, as in other years. Signs are of course optional, and we'll have some FFRF "nontracts" on hand to pass out to those interested.

*Note*- Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker of FFRF made the suggestion (at last year's FFRF convention) that it would be most effective to have a good presence at the Statehouse in Columbus, if a Day of Prayer observance is held there. There are groups around the Columbus area who could provide good presence there, but some of us might want to make the trip down to provide additional support. More details on this at a later date.

Those of us on the square will probably have lunch in Tower City afterwards. See you there! :)

P.S.- The fellow in the yellow shirt suddenly realized he had posed with freethinkers... :)


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  • Mark T.

    Really good! Though the weather was a lot warmer last year, the Prayer Day crowd was twice as big this time around. A LOT of people stopped by to talk, both passerby and people from the prayer rally. A few were a tad antagonistic, but then again they probably thought we were antagonizing just by being there. It was a real pleasure to meet Peg and Sarah!

    May 1, 2014

  • Mark T.

    The Interfaith Alliance complains to the President about the govt letting the NDP Task Force hijack the NDP: http://uspolitics.einnews.com/pr_news/202428219/interfaith-alliance-calls-for-inclusive-day-of-prayer-in-letter-to-all-fifty-governors-president-obama

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Mark T.

    My cell is[masked]-5821. Parking: unfortunately it'll be very difficult to find free street parking. Recommend bring lots of quarters, or use one of the lots along W. 3rd St. (Probably about $8 to park at those.)

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Mark T.

    Signs: please keep them in the vein of what our gentle protest is about. Keep in mind that the Christians have every right to obtain the permit to hold their prayer gathering on the Square. But the fact remains that the National Day of Prayer itself IS government endorsement of religion over non-religion. Plus, every year NDP events across the nation are basically hijacked by Evangelical Christians thru the NDP Task Force.

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Mark T.

    10am thru Noon looks to be dry, maybe even some sun (so sayeth WeatherBug.) Temp around 55.

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Roni & Elliott B.

    Well, I'm going to try to get there, would love to go with someone. Anyone going from my end of town?
    Roni

    April 30, 2014

  • Julie L.

    Sorry I can't make this one. I will make sure to inform the diversity group where I work about this...again....doesn't ever seem to make it on their Cultural Calendar along side of the Day of Prayer.

    April 29, 2014

  • Lisa M.

    Work day for me :( I look forward to hearing all about it, plus seeing the pics!

    April 28, 2014

  • Debbi

    I will be at the Clinic all morning but should be there before 1:00, God willing and the creek don't rise! lol

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • laura s.

    We're doing it ! I had my sign made last yr. Couldn't get my butt out of bed. I'm there this time.

    April 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is also the May Day; perfect choice of date. Religion is the opium of the masses.

    2 · March 19, 2014

  • Rosalie

    Oh, PHOOY DOOEY! I have to work that day!!!

    February 17, 2014

  • Sam S.

    Let's do this

    2 · February 16, 2014

  • Dale

    Bad time for me. I'd be interested to see what goes on sometime. Take pictures. Pray for reason?!! :-/

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Come on, you know I have to be there for this.

    2 · January 8, 2014

  • laura s.

    Definetely showing up this time :)

    1 · December 16, 2013

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