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.
- 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.
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.
(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?