Sunday, April 27

Get Up Off Your Knees!

Thursday is the National Day of Prayer. This further reinforces Arthur Dent's lamentation, "I never could get the hang of Thursdays." The mission of the NDP, as I've gleaned from their website is to...

"...communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, mobilizing the Christian community to intercede for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and Family."

Fine. If that make you feel better, have at it. I am of the opinion, and have been for some forty years, that there is nothing in the world more wasteful than the time spent on bended knee, with bowed head, in invocation of some unseen, unknowable force that supposedly guides the universe down to the last man, sparrow and Adam Sandler. (The mere existence of Mr. Sandler should be proof writ large that there is no god.)

I don't care either way. In Kansas City, My Home Town, they will flock all over the north lawn of Liberty Memorial and pray all over each other, including a Prayer Walk with 7 Stations of Prayer for Firefighters, Police, Military, Government Representatives, Educators, Media and Families. In the midst of all this praying and flocking, nothing positive will happen for them, Kansas City, My Home Town, or these United States. In Newtonian terms - no action, no reaction.

It has been suggested that, while all this knee-bending is taking place, the time is right for atheists, agnostics, free-thinkers, doubters, skeptics and anyone else who is capable of rational thought to use this National Day of Prayer as a springboard for real, quantifiable action for good. The Center for Atheism, home of what is arguably the lamest web site in the civilized world, has, for the past few years mobilized non-prayers to give blood on the the same day as the pray-a-thon. It's called the Gift To Life Day.

According to Kenneth Bronstein, founder of the Center for Atheism, "While religious people are on their knees, we atheists will be on our feet, giving a part of ourselves for the benefit of humanity, We know that prayer does not work--but medical science does."

Here's how to get moving on this:
Look up your state's Blood Centers here
Follow the appropriate link to Join the National Blood Donor Registry
or Contact your local Blood Center directly
Make an appointment for Thursday
They'll do the rest.

Then, every so often, go back and give more blood. Your body makes new red stuff all the time to replace old and dead blood cells.
I'll be headed over to the Community Blood Center on Main at noon on Thursday. I'll be wearing my "This Is What an Atheist Looks Like" T-shirt. Join me, and be sure to tell them why you're there.

If we want to be the change we want to see in the world, we also have to set an example. Nothing fails like prayer, but nothing succeeds like action. Get up off your knees. 

Thus spake the rabbit.


Keith Sader said...

Can I donate other people's blood?

I was thinking of dragging some praying folks off of their knees and giving their blood.

Just a thought ;-)

Le Grand Lapin said...

No one expects the Sader Inquisition. (8-))

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