So many atheist groups protest and force political correctness on the general population for celebrating or even saying the word – Christmas. Yet, on Monday we have a federal holiday celebrating a Christian Pastor and Civil Rights Leader. Protest that – ask people to take that off the calendar – call him divisive. Martin Luther King, Jr believed in prayer – public prayer. He believed that prayer could actually unify people. He thought that prayer energized and empowered people. He prayed often and prayed in schools and for schools.
I believe that prayer empowers people too – I also believe that if people don’t want to believe, they have a right to not practice any belief. But don’t take that privilege away from the thousands who do want faith in the public arena just so they don’t have to watch others praying. It shouldn’t matter – it shouldn’t offend atheists because it doesn’t mean anything if you don’t believe. We don’t have to cave in to the shrill politically correct voices that say, “Do it my way or I will sue you.” This is America where free speech is offered by free men and women. Atheists are not an oppressed minority group. They are not a religious group either. They are not hounded by religious police tracking them down.
So let’s celebrate diversity in the public arena and in private. Let’s recognize the right to pray or not. As a Christian I will advocate for the importance of prayer in every arena of life. As Martin Luther King, Jr said, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”