National Prayer Day
What, nobody told me! I just discovered that today is prayer day. A federal judge recently ruled it's unconstitutional to have a national day of prayer, but she stayed the decision and the Obama administration decided to preserve the tradition (for now). I'd mind prayer day if it meant compulsory praying in schools, but that's because there would be a downside for non-religious students. I remember being faced with praying as a 9-year-old going to a London school for 6 months, and I didn't like it one bit. But I seem to have survived 3/4 of prayer day completely unscathed. That's because nobody says you have to pray on prayer day. They don't even come through the streets with bullhorns, leading the hoards in prayer. Prayer day is pretty much like "plant a tree" day (surely we have one). That's just a day when people who want to plant trees get together and plant trees. Now, it does say something when the government designates a day the day for X-ing. The designation expresses approval for the activity, for which we reason we don't have infidelity day or truancy day. But how bad is that? The vast majority of people do something or other they call praying. I promise to get upset about prayer day if somebody can just give me a good reason to get upset. So far, I just don't see it.