The Flagrant Unconstitutionality of the National Day of Prayer

Today, on May 5th, the American president is required by law to sign a proclamation each year urging all Americans to pray. The law was enacted in 1952, and represents one of the most egregious violations of America’s constitutional order. It was unsuccessfully challenged in court, but its unconstitutionality needs to be regularly reiterated.

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The Pledge of Allegiance: A Critique

In 2017, a then-seventeen-year-old student, Mari Leigh Oliver, filed suit against her high school after she was repeatedly penalized for not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. Her teacher wrote her up, and when she reported it to the principal, it was defended. At another point, the teacher took away her phone due to her “lack of respect” for the pledge. (It probably won’t come as a surprise that this teacher also regularly read Bible passages in this public school.) American Atheists took on her case, and they recently won a large settlement.

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Refuting God: The Big Four

Frank Turek in a debate with Christopher Hitchens used three arguments to support the existence of God: Cosmological, Teleological, and Moral. It is worth noting that he does not include the Ontological argument, which William Lane Craig still infamously uses. Perhaps Turek understands that the argument is fatally flawed. I will address all four.

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Determine Your Purpose

Rick Warren, a fundamentalist pastor, wrote a book some time ago entitled The Purpose Driven Life. In the book he argues that one’s purpose must be… God’s purpose. Through 40 devotionals, one a day, he seeks to help worshipers achieve the purpose that God wants them to have. As you might have guessed, the process involves Bible reading, prayer, and Calvinistic theology.

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