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5/8/2014 2:47:00 PM
National prayer

To the editor:

It's good to be reminded you're alive... and better to be reminded you're alive enough to still be offended by the contemptuous. Last week, I was a guest at the 2014 "National Day of Prayer" in Cannon Falls, hosted by St. Ansgar's church. For $5, I received eggs, coffee, and a pamphlet with this year's "National Prayer."

My appetite left, along with my illusion - my illusion that we ceased having "National Prayers" since, well... since we became a nation. "Lord of the Universe. Lord of this planet. Lord of the nations... this day we are covered in shame... turn away Your anger and Your wrath from the United States" - I could go on (and on). This got me to thinking, our "National Prayer" with its 56 references to the Lord (but no other gods) would likely mean we ALSO have a "National god." Fortunately, through revolution (that one we often celebrate), we have neither.

I am baffled that local churches continue associating themselves with the neo-conservative organization that printed this lunatic rambling. Why not print something yourself worthy of a god... and worthy of a nation of religious diversity? After all, participation in the "National Day of Prayer" does not require being prostrate to the fanatical theocracy advocates of James and Shirley Dobson.  

Mayor Robby Robinson opened with a rather awkward display of cognitive dissonance, "Cannon Falls is lucky to have so many churches and so many religions." Wait a second, I wanted to interrupt. We do have 18 churches near Cannon Falls (we could debate if that is necessarily "good"), but as I recall, 100% of them are Christian. Where are the "many religions?" But apparently, even the mayor could not long prevent betraying his own claim, "But at the end of the day, although we have different denominations, we all thank and pray to the same Father, his Son Jesus Christ." How odd to lead a community while declaring we all pray to his god, while at the same time pretending our community can celebrate religious diversity.

Ken Kressin

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