Monday, June 09, 2008


National day of prayer

Today was the national day of prayer,an initiative of a religious body. I did not take part. However, I wished we were given a public holiday as was originally sought. No doubt,I would have grumbled that it was unnecessary on a national level but selfish personal reasons would have quickly won me over. I guess my non participation makes me a heathen or just plain indifferent. The jury is deliberating at this moment.

The thing is, I would prefer if we had a well defined plan to tackle all the problems that are plaguing our island. Maybe, am really a heathen because I definitely don't believe that prayer days will miraculously make the problems go away. Where are the crime fighting measures? How do we plan to reduce the growing gun violence? What about all the rapes and incidents of incest? No doubt the idea is well meaning but sounds like a cop out or unwillingness to believe that we have the answers to the questions.

"It may be that ministers really think that their prayers do good and it may be that frogs imagine that their croaking brings spring."
-- Robert Green Ingersoll, "Which Way?" (1884)
How did I know you'd be first to comment?

Am I psychic?
Oh Kami, you've got a long way to go to being a good heathen if you're going to believe in psychic ability ;)
I totally agree with you. I'm glad we didn't get a holiday for the day of prayer because this sets a precedent - that prayer is a valid way to solve society's problems. Plus the lines between church and state become blurred (never a good thing in my opinion).

I'm upset because it woulda been a good little day off. ;-P
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