Last Thursday, the Nashville Scene published an article (short enough to read quickly, so go ahead!) titled, If you love Jesus, this is your state legislature. The article exposes the practice of the "Minister of the Day" in the Tennessee legislature. And, of course, each minister of the day is a solid member of the conservative Christian right, opening each session with a hearty fire-and-brimstone Christianist "prayer".
HOW is this okay?!
OMG! For the last time - you ignorant, arrogant, dillholes - the United States of America is NOT a Christian nation. Nor were we founded on Christianity. In fact our founders tried very hard to make sure we kept a healthy separation between church and state. This separation is very important if we don't want to end up like Iran.
It drives me crazy that this practice is allowed. If you want to begin each session with a moment of silence for each individual to prepare internally for the work about to be done, fine. I'm okay with that. But to tolerate what is essentially hate-speech cloaked in a "prayer" is unacceptable.
Shouldn't Christians be opposed to politicizing their religion? Wasn't Jesus supposed to have said something like, 'my kingdom is not of this world'? What part of that do we not understand? Christianists (as opposed to Christians) wield Christianity as a political force and engage in the political pollution of a sincere and personal faith. I don't care if my legislator is a Christian. I start to care when they don't protest the Christianist "prayers" contaminating our government.
If you live in TN, find this practice disturbing, and want to email your representative to let them know, you can find your legislator HERE