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May Day, May Day

So, it is once again Loyalty Day, which we’ve discussed before here. This year’s proclamation seems particularly bad, but then, he’s been busy. After all, today is also Law Day, which involves the rule of law somehow, and for which the proclamation invokes the Magna Carta, without ever mentioning the idea that all men should be held equal under the law, without regard to wealth, family or office. That’s got to be a tricky one for Our Only President and his secretive cabal of crooks and incompetents.

And then it’s also the National Day of Prayer, also known as the National Day of Spitting on James Madison’s Grave. There’s been a bit of a controversy because the National Day of Prayer Task Force are a bunch of jerks. You see, if you want to apply to be a coordinator for the NDPTF, you have to fill out an application that asks for a Statement of Belief, as follows:

I believe that the Holy Bible is the inerrant Word of The Living God. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the only One by which I can obtain salvation and have an ongoing relationship with God. I believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, his virgin birth, his sinless life, his miracles, the atoning work of his shed blood, his resurrection and ascension, his intercession and his coming return to power and glory. I believe that those who follow Jesus are family and there should be unity among all who claim his name.
I agree that these statements are true in my life. Yes/No


Here’s the thing about that: this is an independent organization of Christians who want to do their Christian thing, and that’s fine. I mean, it isn’t fine, because you know, some people think that people being different one to another makes the world interesting and fun, and some people think that people being different one to another makes the world scary and dangerous, and that second group causes a lot of trouble. But fine. Because part of what makes the world interesting and fun, you know, is that people are different one to another, and they are different from Your Humble Blogger.

And here’s the Official Policy Statement, from just above that other bit:

The National Day of Prayer Task Force was a creation of the National Prayer Committee for the expressed purpose of organizing and promoting prayer observances conforming to a Judeo-Christian system of values. People with other theological and philosophical views are, of course, free to organize and participate in activities that are consistent with their own beliefs. This diversity is what Congress intended when it designated the Day of Prayer, not that every faith and creed would be homogenized, but that all who sought to pray for this nation would be encouraged to do so in any way deemed appropriate. It is that broad invitation to the American people that led, in our case, to the creation of the Task Force and the Judeo-Christian principles on which it is based.


Now, other than my complete rejection of the term Judeo-Christian, which I think doesn’t mean very much—replace it with evangelical Christian, which I think is more honest, and I’m very nearly in agreement with it. This group is doing its thing, and other groups are doing their thing, and it’s all good; YHB thinks the whole idea of a National Day of Prayer is stupid, unconstitutional and offensive, but since we have one, the idea that different groups should observe it in different ways is a positive, not a negative.

The problem is that the Task Force (and ugh, that’s a hostile name for their group, isn’t it? I mean, let’s go and meet with the Task Force, or perhaps we’ll just wait quietly in the ditch until the Task Force passes by) does not seem to actually encourage that broad invitation. There isn’t a long list of links on their page to Muslim or Hindu or Native American organizations promoting their Day of Prayer festivities. There isn’t a joint appearance to publicize the event in its heterogenic glory. There isn’t an exchange of courtesies with other organizations. They aren’t obliged to do any of that. But they don’t, and it’s because they don’t, really, want other groups to participate. And again, that’s their thing. It just seems a little creepy. If that is the group that is most associated with the National Day of Prayer across the country, then I feel even more strongly that we should get out of that business, because endorsing the National Day of Prayer isn’t just endorsing prayer, which is bad enough, but also endorsing the Task Force, which is just awful. And predictable, which is one of the reasons having an established religion is a bad idea to begin with.

To get back to Our Only President, though, it looks to me as if he thought that Law, Liberty and Prayer were enough for one day, and utterly failed to proclaim International Workers Day, or say anything about Morris Dancing, strawberries and Maypoles. Or to proclaim, that hurray, hurray, it’s the first of May, and the Congress, by Public Law 000-000, as amended, has called on our Nation to reaffirm the role of nature in our society by recognizing that outdoor fucking begins today.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,
-Vardibidian.

Comments

Wait, the outdoor thing begins TODAY? I didn't bring any sunscreen! I feel so unprepared. One should always use protection, after all.


It's apparently a song, Chris. I heard about it from an LJ acquaintance, or "friend," but when V started in, I recognized the tune without ever actually having heard it.

peace
Matt


Coulton is a genius. V isn't too shabby in the genius department either.


I assume Mr. Coulton based the song on the couplet, which I knew as a teenager. I can't remember where I came across it, because it's unlikely that it's one of the rhymes my mother taught me...

And be careful out there. It looks like you'll need a raincoat. If you know what I mean.

Thanks,
-V.


It is SO VERY HARD not to make astonishingly inappropriate comments, at times. You will note, please, that on this occasion, I have succeeded.

peace
Matt


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