Friday, 07 December 2012 18:00

Don't Join Prayer Caucus, Atheist Leader Implores New Congressmen

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The leader of the American Humanist Association has a request for new members of Congress: Don't join the Congressional Prayer Caucus because it “discriminates against non-religious Americans.” In a letter to incoming legislators, released shortly after the November 6 elections, the group's director, Roy Speckhardt, complained that some of the over 100 members of the Caucus, founded in 2005 by Congressman Randy Forbes (R-N.C.), “have repeatedly introduced and supported legislation that we feel is unconstitutional and often favors religious institutions and individuals over non-religious institutions and individuals.”

Speckhardt noted that the Caucus supported Forbes' own H.R. 888, that “opposes any effort to remove sectarian objects from our nation's public buildings” and “strongly advocated for the 'In God We Trust' Resolution, which reaffirmed the phrase as our national motto.”

He added with strong disapproval that the Caucus is also “one of the leading advocates for opening and closing each session of Congress with a prayer, which relegates non-religious Americans and others who don't pray to the status of second-class citizen.”

The atheist leader wrote that while prayer “is important to many Americans, and they should feel secure in their freedom to practice their beliefs … when public officials in Congress explicitly endorse public prayer, they alienate millions of non-religious Americans who oppose the joining of religion and government.”

Speckhardt concluded his epistle by requesting freshmen congressmen “not to join the Congressional Prayer Caucus,” and instead join the efforts of godless individuals such as himself to make sure that the supposed “wall of separation between church and state is strengthened and maintained.”

The Christian Broadcasting Network noted that as part of its activities, the Caucus “gathers weekly in a room just off the House floor in the Capitol building to pray for each other, the week ahead, and the nation. It also works to defend the expression of faith in the public square such as prayer before public meetings and the public display of Christmas symbols.”

In response to Speckhardt's audacious request, Forbes issued a statement saying that the letter represented “an unprecedented effort by an extremist group that wants to censor and shut down anything related to faith. The Congressional Prayer Caucus is one of the largest caucuses in Congress; it has over 105 members and we stand up and fight for religious freedoms and religious liberties.”

During a December 4 appearance on the Fox and Friends news program, Forbes said while he has no issue with groups such as the AHA expressing their disbelief in God, the “unfortunate thing is these extremist groups don't give us the same right, and they want to censor our ability to say that we do believe in God and we do believe in our faith.”

He added that “what these extremist groups are fighting for — and they've got a lot of dollars and they're well orchestrated — is to make certain that no one in government can even mention God or faith or religion, and no one in the church can mention anything about government. That is far from what the First Amendment was written to protect.”

As of yet, there has been no report of any new representatives responding favorably to Speckhardt's letter.

4 comments

  • Comment Link James Monday, 10 December 2012 02:46 posted by James

    @Warner:

    Your comment about the Treaty of Tripoli raises a lot of questions.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Tripoli

    However , There are many quotes and facts which are in full support of Americas Christian heritage **

    ** The dollar bill states on the back of it. "IN GOD WE TRUST"

    ** Harvard University was named after Reverend John Harvard.
    The original school motto: "Truth, for Christ and the Church"

    ** Princeton's original motto: "Under God's power She Flourishes"

    ** One of Yale's first College regulations was written as, "All scholars shall live religious, godly and blameless lives according to rules of God's word, diligently reading the holy scriptures..."

    ** Dartmouth, Columbia, William and Mary, and Brown University all had similar declarations.

    ** 123 of the first 126 Colleges formed in America were formed on Christian Principals. (Source: History of American Schools by Vaughn Schatzer pg. 4)

    James Edward Oglethorpe established the colony of Georgia in 1732, in part as a refuge for persecuted protestants from Europe. As the first settlers touched the shoreline, they knelt and declared, "Our end in leaving our native country is not to gain riches and honor, but singly this: to live wholly for the glory of God.

    ** William Penn the founder of Pennsylvania wrote, "If thou wouldst rule well, thou must rule for God, and to do that, thou must be ruled by Him...
    Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by Tyrants.

    ** Jonathan Trumbull the British Governor of Connecticut, who became sympathetic to the American cause in 1773 said, If you ask an American who is his master? He will tell you he has none, nor any governor but Jesus Christ.

    ** Twice appointed Secretary of State Daniel Webster stated, "If the power of the gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness, will reign without mitigation or end.

    There are many others...

    Check out this video clip:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu4sQHOpbeM&list=PL34E027100C43E068&index=2

    ~

  • Comment Link Gordon Freeman Monday, 10 December 2012 02:10 posted by Gordon Freeman

    The "Master Architect of the Universe" is God, it is not the pagan "god" of Freemasonry but the God of Israel Yahweh.

    Thomas Jefferson did not believe everything in the bible when it came to the Apostle Paul who Jefferson felt had taintet the original message of Bible and Jesus.

    There is no point in being hysterical about this. There are more important subjects.

  • Comment Link Keith R Warner Saturday, 08 December 2012 14:35 posted by Keith R Warner

    "The United States was not founded as a Christian nation." - those words were penned into the Treaty of Tripoli by Freemason George Washington himself.

    "We hold these to be self-evident. all men are endowed by their 'creator' with certain inalienable rights." The 'creator' Jefferson wrote about was not the Judeo-Christian God, but the "Master Architect of the Universe" - the pagan 'god' of Freemasonry.

    "These are the times that try men's souls" - funny that avowed atheist Thomas Payne would write about "souls".

    The Hidden Faith of The Founding Fathers 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU24fJ4NQxo

  • Comment Link Keith R Warner Saturday, 08 December 2012 14:33 posted by Keith R Warner

    "The United States was not founded as a Christian nation." - those words were penned into the Treaty of Tripoli by Freemason George Washington himself.

    "We hold these to be self-evident. all men are endowed by their 'creator' with certain inalienable rights." The 'creator' Jefferson wrote about was not the Judeo-Christian God, but the "Master Architect of the Universe" - the pagan 'god' of Freemasonry.

    "These are the times that try men's souls" - funny that avowed atheist Thomas Payne would write about "souls".

    The Hidden Faith of The Founding Fathers 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU24fJ4NQxo

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