Spiritual Coaching Vol 3 #9 Where are the atheists now?

mlk-prayingSpiritual Coaching Vol 3 #9   Where are the atheists now?  www.dennymeyer.me

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.”

Be Well…

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4 Responses to Spiritual Coaching Vol 3 #9 Where are the atheists now?

  1. merlynleroy says:

    Dr. Martin Luther King didn’t believe in government prayer; here’s what he said when asked about then-recent supreme court rulings striking down school prayer:

    “I endorse it. I think it was correct,” King said. “Contrary to what many have said, it sought to outlaw neither prayer nor belief in God. In a pluralistic society such as ours, who is to determine what prayer shall be spoken, and by whom? Legally, constitutionally or otherwise, the state certainly has no such right. I am strongly opposed to the efforts that have been made to nullify the decision. They have been motivated, I think, by little more than the wish to embarrass the Supreme Court. When I saw Brother [George] Wallace going up to Washington to testify against the decision at the congressional hearings, it only strengthened my conviction that the decision was right.”

    You might not have noticed, but atheist groups protest and sue when the government gets involved. MLK would be on the side of these atheists.

    • Denny Meyer says:

      Did you actually read what I wrote? Did I advocate government sanctioned prayer? I suggested tolerance and diversity and the misguided efforts of atheist groups to intimidate.

  2. Amen, Let’s all Pray for the atheists

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