It’s a battle of prayers in the Arizona House. Atheist Rep Juan Mendez on Tuesday:
Most prayers in this room begin with a request to bow your heads. I would like to ask you not to bow your heads. I would like to ask that you take a moment to look around the room at all of the men and women here, in this moment, sharing together this extraordinary experience of being alive and of dedicating ourselves to working toward improving the lives of the people of our state.
In gratitude and in love, in reason and in compassion, let us work together for a better Arizona.
Full text here.
No bowing heads? That must have stung. Probably no squinched-up faces either: yay.
Next up, Rep Steve Smith yesterday:
When there’s a time set aside to pray and to pledge, if you are a non-believer, don’t ask for time to pray. If you don’t love this nation and want to pledge to it, don’t say I want to lead this body in the pledge, and stand up there and say, ‘you know what, instead of pledging, I love England’ and (sit) down. That’s not a pledge, and that wasn’t a prayer, it’s that simple.
I don’t think it would be more simple if a non-Christian (or non-Jew) were to offer something to Someone different. I was thinking about those California atheists who took over a town’s Christmas displays. What I don’t get: why one wouldn’t expect this to happen, and more often?