It’s a simple invocation
And delivered from the heart;
Just a message to the public
As the meeting’s set to start
For the welfare of all people,
Seeing dignity and worth
He invoked, not God in Heaven,
But the council, here on Earth
But the people didn’t get it—
Or they thought that it was odd—
“Why’s he praying to the council?
When you pray, you pray to God!”
It’s an unfamiliar concept
And it only goes to show
That their “normal” invocations
Are religious, and should go
Story after the jump:
Over at The Blaze (I know, I know…), the title is Odd: Atheist To Give Opening ‘Prayer’ At Tulsa City Council Meeting
On numerous occasions, atheist activists from across America have made known their disdain for prayer at government meetings. But now, at least one non-believer is prepared to join in on public invocations.
Ok, a reasonable start, but then…
This Thursday, Dan Nerren, the non-believing founder of the Humanist Association of Tulsa, will offer up an opening prayer at the Tulsa City Council Meeting.
Well, no. It’s a secular invocation, but the very idea is foreign to the writer, and to the majority of the commenters at The Blaze. They cannot wrap their heads around the notion of an invocation that is not a prayer, and so what Nerren is doing, in their eyes, is praying to the town council.
There are a few atheist commenters there, and they offer some good explanations, but it’s like trying to explain the plot of Hamlet to a gerbil. The atheist commenters are called arrogant and misguided, and this prayer is proof that atheism is just another religion.
It does show how entrenched religion is in the views of so many, that they think the notion of talking to someone who can actually hear you, and who is actually in charge of doing stuff, is a strange idea.