Atheist ‘prayer’ draws a furious reaction
Pam Triolo, above, the Mayor of Lake Worth in Florida, plus a handful of commissioners, walked out of a council meeting earlier this month because an atheist, Preston Smith, stepped up to to the plate to deliver what sounded pretty much like a satirical invocation.
Triolo’s explanation for leaving was this:
I didn’t leave because Mr Smith is an atheist; I left because of his alleged tweet.
The tweet Tirolo referred to was from July, when Smith posted “an offensive interpretation of a biblical Scripture from Deuteronomy”. Smith sent the tweet to a Chicago Tea Party activist named C Steven Tucker after he wrote a blog post calling for Obama’s impeachment.
Smith was granted permission to do the invocation back in July. He chose a date in December because it was during the Christmas holidays.
There were reportedly a number of negative reactions to his invocation, but surely the most hysterical comes from Tim Brown, writing for the lunatic right wing Eagle Rising, who described as “effeminate” Smith opening words:
While I don’t know Mr Smith, with his first words he sounded incredibly effeminate. He believes that we can create a better, more equal community without religious divisions.
Working himself into a right old lather, Brown added:
Of course, we all know that is not what he wants. He simply wants people not to speak about God and morality. Though he mentions Satan, Allah, Buddha, Zeus, and even Jesus, it all comes down to the fact that he openly states that he wants people to ‘do good for goodness sake’ and he doesn’t want to hear about damnation or judgment.
Smith began his invocation:
Mother Earth, we gather today in your redeeming and glorious presence to invoke your eternal guidance in the universe, the original creator of all things.
Brown was incensed:
With that statement, Smith is exercising a faith of something he cannot prove and therefore his anti-theism is really a religion that the apostle Paul speaks about in Romans 1, when he said that men worship and serve the Creation (Earth), but not the eternal God, who is blessed forever.
Smith’s invocation really began to look tongue-in-cheek went he added:
May the efforts of this council blend the blessings of Allah with the all-knowing wisdom of Satan. May Zeus, the great god of justice grant us strength tonight. Jesus might forgive our short comings while Buddha enlightens us through his divine affection.
Now incandescent with rage, Brown attacked his keyboard to bash out:
He went on to praise Krishna and mockingly took the words from the apostle Paul in Romans 8:31 and applied them to Thor.
Finally, he thanked the atheists, agnostics and humanists (all anti-theists) for logic, reason and science, not knowing that Jesus is the logic (logos) and that there is no reason or true science apart from the Creator.
Brown breathlessly concluded:
When a nation forgets God, God brings judgment upon that nation and we are seeing it before our eyes … blasphemers, idolaters, sodomites and other sins and crimes abound in our nation, and why? The Church has not been salt and light, but rather has pampered herself and whored herself out, despising the cross of Christ for the accolades of man. It’s time the Church repented and stood against the gates of Hell and prevailed over them once again. Without such repentance, there is simply more judgment to look forward to.
Brown and Bob Hutton would make ideal bed mates.