The purpose of Our Conscience weblog is to facilitate a greater discussion and understanding of church and state separation in our community and in others. Underlying this is the value that each individual should be allowed to follow the dictates of his or her own conscience without influence, coercion, or direction from the State when it comes to matters of religion.

Monday, May 09, 2005

National Day of Hypocrisy Comes to Joplin

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The Joplin Globe reported May 6th that a group of about 12 people gathered at a Webb City public park (by the praying hands) and "clasped hands in circles of prayer." The article continued: "This is the 54th year that the observance [the National Day of Prayer], established by an act of Congress, has folded the hands of participants on the first Thursday in May." They went on to interview participants who made the ussual christocentric statements with good intention. However, they forget the very teachings of Jesus as well as the danger of any governmental interference in matters of religion.

Matthew 6:5 "And now about prayer. When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who love to pray publiclyon street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I assure you, that is all the reward they will ever get. Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly.

“The number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood, and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church and the State.” ~James Madison, Father of the Constitution


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post, and thanks for pointing out that passage. However many Bible verses the religious right can cherry-pick to support their politics, they can never quote Jesus and have him confirm their behavior.

12:25 PM  

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