Secular message not well received as House of Reps daily prayer

Published June 6th, 2013 by Bobby Henderson


I like this — Arizona Rep. Juan Mendez offered the daily prayer at a floor session, and instead of God talk, he spoke about tolerance and the values we share as humans, and the duty of government to look past religious divisions:

Most prayers in this room begin with a request to bow your heads. I would like to ask that you not bow your heads. I would like to ask that you take a moment to look around the room at all of the men and women here, in this moment, sharing together this extraordinary experience of being alive and of dedicating ourselves to working toward improving the lives of the people in our state.

This is a room in which there are many challenging debates, many moments of tension, of ideological division, of frustration. But this is also a room where, as my secular humanist tradition stresses, by the very fact of being human, we have much more in common than we have differences. We share the same spectrum of potential for care, for compassion, for fear, for joy, for love.

What a great sentiment, and surely the members of the House, even if religious, appreciated such a positive message.

Except for Rep. Steve Smith, who felt it necessary to re-do the prayer the next day in repentance. What a douche.

Some articles:

About Rep. Mendez’s secular daily prayer

About Rep. Smith, butt-hurt, re-doing the prayer

I look forward to the day when Pastafarian members of the House can speak openly about their one True faith.

161 Responses to “Secular message not well received as House of Reps daily prayer”

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  1. Excelsior says:

    Fat B.
    You can’t win an argument with a Fundy, because he has a WMD, ie. his God can do magic (they call it “miracle”).

  2. Excelsior says:

    Fat B.
    Actually, the Ark is not necessary at all. During creation he made them all out of dust or ribs. He could do his magic trick (miracle) again! It’s his WMD! The creation of the whole universe only took 6 days. Why spend 100 years to purify the Earth? (including the time necessary for building the Ark) Make a new universe and make it better without sin!

  3. Cap'n Grey Beard says:


  4. Cap'n Grey Beard says:

    Absolutely. Why bother with a flood and having to change the laws of physics. Their god could have snapped his fingers and killled al the bad people just as at Sodom. Why the drama of a flood? There was no one to impress. He murdered them all!

  5. Excelsior says:

    It’s ok if God kills off a hundred million people in the Great flood because they were all evil sinners. However, he made a bad mistake when he killed off a million (give or take) Fetuses too. What crime did they commit to deserve the death penalty? If God can do it on a whim, then what’s wrong with abortion?

    • Cap'n Grey Beard says:

      I think you forget that untill baptised they are sinners too. Hence unbaptised infants go to hell if they die.

      • Keith says:

        And all of the animals were sinners too (except those on the ark) because they fornicate without getting married.

  6. Excelsior says:

    Then why does the Church refuse to baptise fetuses? Many fetuses die from natural causes, why should they all go to hell?
    When two people have sex, God is right there in bed with them making sure they aren’t using contraceptives. Otherwise they go on God’s black list and might go to hell! If abortion is prenatal murder, then contraception is preconception murder!!

    • Rasputin says:

      Gob is a voyeuristic pervert.

      • Fat Bastard says:

        All to control the breeding pattern of a clan with expansionist ideas.

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