Who Taught the NASCAR Dads to Pray? They’re a Quart Low

3 05 2007

Whoever it was, they need some remedial power-of-prayer education — their National Day of Prayer car came in 26th out of 43 Sunday.

Maybe if they had actually run it on prayer oil instead of just doing the fancy paint-job for show? Hmmm, or maybe the car that won WAS running on prayer oil, or the President was busy with the war prayers and all, forgot to pray up America’s official victory preference for the car?

See “Spiritual Warfare: Oiling the Wheels of Government” to learn more about this ancient mystical secret alive and well in third-millennium America.

Now even public schoolteachers are using prayer oil smeared on desks to help kids pass standardized government tests (seems the tests are too tough for regular prayer, it needs the magic touch.) So maybe all government schoolteachers need prayer lessons, too, if we want America to “win” at education? — and a merciful god of education to whom they can pray effectively, a god who supports real American values like the freedom of the individual mind to THINK, because they apparently have been surrounded by student warriors ready to govern everything, from race to race cars, with prayer instead:

Prayer in Schools

Prayer is alive and well in Public schools throughout the country. Yes, legislation has placed some boundaries on prayer in schools. But no one law can hinder the silent prayers of teachers and the spoken prayers of students.

Teachers, here are some tips to legally integrate prayer into your daily lessons:

  • Arrive early before the students and pray for each student while sitting in their desks. This will give you a student’s perspective of your classroom.
  • If in the faculty room, bow your head and give grace for your lunch
  • Pray quietly for students as they walk past you in the hallway
  • Pray daily for three teachers that are in your hallway.

 

Also remember that students have more rights to pray in schools than teachers.

So pray that God raises up student leaders to become prayer warriors in your school.

 

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We could just surrender now. Because even while we’re reeling from the new “prayer warfare” at school and the Capitol, in the courthouses and in foreign policy, even in my own bedroom and doctor’s office, wow, apparently THEY (the Christian prayer warriors) are not the aggressors against society but the cultural and political victims! I guess I just can’t think straight, maybe I do need them to just teach me how to think and what to see, lay out the J-E-S-U-S governing through action plan for me, and then I could just let go and let them run things, do as I’m told. What a relief that might be, in such a hostile and confusing world of high-stakes disinformation where rape is inevitable, to just lay back and enjoy it.

‘Hate Crimes’ Vote on National Prayer Day Angers Some Christians
May 03, 2007

(CNSNews.com) – Leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives have scheduled a vote on a “hate crimes” bill for Thursday, which is also the National Day of Prayer. One conservative group called this an example of “in your face” politics against Christians in America – a charge strongly denied by the Democrats.

“There will be no shortage of things to pray for on this National Day of Prayer as the Congress takes a dark first step toward criminalizing public statements of sincerely held religious beliefs,” Rev. Louis Sheldon, founder and chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition, said in a news release.

“Homosexual extremists and their allies in the Congress have set out to rub the noses of religious citizens in their so-called hate crimes legislation, which repeals the rights of Christians to exercise their religion freely and in public,” Sheldon stated.

Sheldon’s comments refer to the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 (H.R. 1592), which would “provide federal assistance to states, local jurisdictions and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes” involving “actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.”

Conservative Christian activists worry that the measure would give individuals who engage in homosexual behavior (“sexual orientation”) or cross dressers (“gender identity”) preferential treatment over other citizens by elevating them to a specially protected class.

“This so-called hate crimes bill begins to lay the legal foundation and framework to investigate, prosecute and persecute pastors, business owners and anyone else whose actions are based upon – and reflect – the truths found in the Bible,” Sheldon said.

TVC Executive Director Andrea Lafferty called the measure – which was introduced on March 20 by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) – “deeply offensive to people of faith across America.”

“No-one can tell me that the ‘original intent’ of America’s founders was to have the free exercise of religion regulated by secularists and their cohorts in the liberal and homosexual movements,” Lafferty stated.

“This is the beginning of a dark and dangerous period for religious Americans who now face the specter of privatized religious expression and secretive home churches,” she added.

Stacey Bernards, press secretary for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), called the TVC’s claim “baseless and inflammatory” and said the organization “doesn’t have any evidence” to back up the charge of deliberately timing the vote for National Day of Prayer, “because it’s not true.”

“This was just the best time for the measure to move forward through the legislative process” since the House Judiciary Committee last week passed it in a 23-17 party-line vote, Bernards said.

Nevertheless, TVC spokesman Jim Lafferty told Cybercast News Service that his group considers the Democratic leaders’ efforts to be “very calculated and very much on purpose,” such as imposing a “no amendment” rule Wednesday before debate in the full chamber has even begun.

“We think that the leadership in the House has put this on a fast track [in an effort] to energize part of their base,” Lafferty stated. But “the heat they’re starting to receive from church people and pastors throughout the country has caused them to back off somewhat.” Still, he expects the measure “to sail through the House.”

Some religious leaders were not offended by the scheduling of the vote, regardless of the reason. Rev. Elenora Giddings Ivory, director of the Washington, D.C., office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) – who supports H.R. 1592 – told Cybercast News Service that holding the vote on a day of prayer “doesn’t bother me.”

“We should always be at prayer for anyone who’s a victim of hate,” she said.

The conservative group Concerned Women for America (CWA) is already looking beyond Thursday and is asking President Bush to veto the legislation if it is passed by Congress.

“Justice should be blind,” CWA President Wendy Wright said in a news release. She said the assailants of Matthew Shepard – a homosexual youth who was killed in 1998 – should receive the same sentence as the killer of Mary Stachowicz, “a grandmother who was brutally murdered by a homosexual man [in Chicago in 2002].”

“Victims are – and should be – treated equally in the justice system, regardless of their ‘sexual orientation,'” Wright added. “We cannot imagine that President Bush would sign a bill that would create a two-tiered justice system that discriminates against grandmothers.”

Other Christian groups opposing the bill include the Family Research Council and the High Impact Leadership Coalition.

Justice should be blind, she said, but is that what these “concerned women” want?

No, today on this National Day of Prayer they are not speaking in tongues, what they want is plain. God’s law must govern, and blind FAITH justice is all that will satisfy. Never mind the dead grandmother of today or the nuances of modern language and culture; this woman is concerned about mystical men from ancient times who lived short, brutal lives and saw a better life after death as the only justice they could hope for.

The prayer lesson she learned is how to use it as political power, to assert religion in governance. Justice? Or theocracy on the rise?

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3 05 2007
JJ

Concerned Women for America (CWA) was founded by Beverly LaHaye, wife of Left Behind co-author and Glenn Beck’s armageddon scriptural interpreter Tim LaHaye.
(He also cofounded the Moral Majority.)

This link describes how Beverly LaHaye was moved to create the activist group specifically to work against women’s rights, to block Betty Friedan’s efforts to help society progress beyond paternalism and male chauvinism. LaHaye saw the the feminist stance as “anti-god and anti-family”.

Don’t think her concerned women and their idea of justice can possibly co-exist peacefully with mine, maybe she’s right about the warfare then. And it looks like the gloves need to come off from both sides if “justice” and a fair fight is the best we can hope for . . . but like Betty, I haven’t quite given up yet on all Thinking Parents waking up and standing their secular ground (even if they choose to pray for the strength to do it!) 🙂

3 05 2007
JJ

Here’s the ESPN prize money list, wonder if the $83 grand won by 26th place will be taxfree since this was the official national PRAYER car?? Or maybe they will just give it to the poor? Maybe not.

Looks like Dr. James Dobson and his Focus on the Family (political and government activism bigtime, money and legislative access plus radio talk) has special sponsorship status and access, to reach all those religious folk in this “secular” all-American activity and not just from the pulpit — unless NASCAR actually has become a pulpit?
Or the seat of our government, or both . . .

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3 05 2007
unschooled

Ack! Terrible.

Damn NASCAR…have they no shame? First Old Spice, now this.

3 05 2007
JJ

Are you saying Old Spice has gone working class religious wacko?? Hey, my courtly professorial southern gentleman DAD used to wear Old Spice, and he wouldn’t have been caught dead either praying in public OR at a racetrack of any kind . . .this has to be a terrible mistake!

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COD quotes Barack Obama and earns a frisky cock of the snook:

And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would we go with James Dobson’s, or Al Sharpton’s? Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is ok and that eating shellfish is abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount – a passage that is so radical that it’s doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application? So before we get carried away, let’s read our bibles. Folks haven’t been reading their bibles.

This brings me to my second point. Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument, and amenable to reason. I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God’s will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all. . .

Along with the Archbishop’s message about pluralistic societies’ need for legal transformation that acknowledges universal human rights and values beyond any one religious text or doctrine, this may be the most important thing we could be thinking about, if we want to be both safe and free in this new millennium.

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