The rain did not deter those hardy people who ventured to the Statehouse on May 7, the day known in the media as the National Day of Prayer.
The attendees heard a member of the clergy discuss the meaning of the Hebrew word for prayer and they heard other speakers who extolled America’s great experiment in religious freedom and warned of the dangers of sectarianism.
Yes, the National Day of Reason was a success, as seven local secular organizations pulled together to celebrate America’s heritage of religious freedom on the Statehouse steps.
Meanwhile, inside the Statehouse, people turned off their minds and appealed to a deity whose unanswered prayers are filling a cemetery 30 miles west of Boise while Idaho’s self-proclaimed pro-life politicians avert their eyes.
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Over 200 years ago, the Roman poet Lucretius wrote, “The nature of the universe has by no means been made through divine power, seeing how great are the faults that mar it.” He urged his readers “to free the mind from the closely-confining shackles of religion.”
That advice still holds true today, two millennia later.
Gary L. Bennett, Emmett