House bill alienates non-Christians
We don't need a day of prayer, we need a day of reason.
On Jan. 21, the House of Delegates passed House Bill 4135 unanimously, with two abstaining, to establish the West Virginia Day of Prayer, which corresponds with the National Day of Prayer, "on which the people of West Virginia may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals."
The bill is blatantly Judeo-Christian in its wording, which is a direct violation of the separation of church and state and the First Amendment, which prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion.
This bill alienates every West Virginian who is not Christian, whether they be of another religion, or the growing number who follow no religion. Instead of turning to a God who does not show himself in any manner, let's instead devote the first Thursday in May to a National Day of Reason. How about a day when we use common sense and logic to examine our most cherished inherited beliefs and see if they really are valid and worth the dogmatic way we cling to them?
Instead of praying, let's go out and help those less fortunate - West Virginians helping West Virginians live a little easier. Christians can pray every day of their lives. They do not need a state proclamation to do so.
Please consider signing an online petition to help stop this bill: http://goo.gl/n51acb .