Atheist ‘prayer’ draws a furious reaction

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.

11 responses to “Atheist ‘prayer’ draws a furious reaction”

  1. Broga says:

    A most entertaining spat. The positive aspect is that a non believer gets enough of a hearing to unbalance the faithful even more than they are unbalanced already. But isn’t it curious that the omnipotent God, creator and ruler of the cosmos with its billions of galaxies with billions of stars, needs to be defended by such shallow people?

    Do they have any concept of how many stars are in the Milky Way and that increasing numbers of stars are found to have circling planets and some in the Goldilocks Zone – not too hot, not too cold to permit life. And how many galaxies have been discovered? And can anyone, not lost to common sense, believe that this speck of rock with its flawed humans is God’s most precious creation?

    I like the idea of Zeus representing Nature. I don’t like the idea of a tyrant God, with an insatiable need for flattery and whose appointed servants seem to be obsessed with sex and many of whom are child sex abusers.

    Rant over.

  2. L.Long says:

    Yes a gawd is only as powerful as his followers, because gawds are incapable of doing anything other than being a con.

  3. Robster says:

    If I was a pastafarian I’d be pissed! No mention of that noodly god, the great god of complex carbs and pasta sauce, the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster. His noodly appendage will be visited upon those that ignore His greatness

  4. Maggie says:

    I have noticed that the godbotherers don’t like it when you quote their religious tracts back to them. It has me reading more of their tracts because, for pretty every religious argument they have, it can be refuted by quotes from said tracts.

  5. AgentCormac says:

    ‘… 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.’

    Shameful! Can you imagine what a terrible world it would be if everybody completely forgot about gods, their anger and their vindictiveness, and just lived good lives because it’s the right and human thing to do? It’s enough to send a shudder down your spine.

  6. Laura Roberts says:

    To Maggie’s point, I would love to have an atheist do an invocation at one of these things using only the most vile and contemptible quotes from the Christian Bible. One could weave a narrative that advocates slavery, killing precocious children and offering one’s daughters to be raped, and asking the True Believers on the council to enact laws immediately to that effect.

  7. Broga says:

    @AgentCormac: These Christians have the strange idea that goodness performed from fear of hell is superior to goodness done as a mature human being. Is goodness done under the supervision of a tyrant God and while in fear of hell no more than going through the motions of goodness? The Christian goodness is the response of the victim to the threats of the blackmailer.

  8. Vanity Unfair says:

    “With that statement, Smith is exercising a faith of something he cannot prove…”
    Dear Editor,
    May I humbly request that you give Mr. Brown the right of reply in your publication so that he might submit a proof for the existence of his god and then publish it so that we all can benefit from this information and amend our sinful ways.
    V. Unfair

    “…he wants people to ‘do good for goodness sake’ …” isn’t that a mis-quotation from the Gospel of Gillespie and Cootes where they wrote:
    “He sees you when you’re sleeping
    He knows when you’re awake
    He knows if you’ve been bad or good
    So be good for goodness sake!”
    in the psalm also known as “Santa Claus is coming to town.”

  9. 1859 says:

    Deuteronomy Ch.22 line 30 is intriguing: ‘A man may not take his father’s wife, nor discover his father’s skirt.’
    Either the father is a cross-dresser , or his ‘skirt’ is a reference to his ‘bit on the side’.Whichever it is (and don’t forget this is GOD’S word) it does show there must have been some sexy goings on in the desert all those years ago….a bit like a ‘Carry on….’ film.

  10. Kai Henningsen says:

    I’ve got to admit, that tweet is pretty rank – rape is not a fit subject for jokes. As for the invocation … meh. (As for the offended guy: now that is hilarious. Especially when one of them calls out someone for believing without evidence!)

  11. Vanity Unfair says:

    To 1859:
    There’s a clue in Exodus: 20 (26) in the 13th. Commandment (depending how you count).
    24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.
    25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.
    26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.
    I have been in quite a few churches in my time and have never yet seen an altar built to those specifications.