I posted this comment on The Friendly Atheist responding to an article on Humanist invocations in the Arizona statehouse.
Ok, folks, I’ve given plenty of public prayers in my (faith) day. I have a little suggestion for those who give invocations at any level of local, state or national government. Something like this:
“It’s time for elected leaders to do their job and represent everyone of any faith or no faith. As a freethinker who respects the good in all traditions, I respect the wise and sensible teaching of Jesus of Nazareth who instructed his followers in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter six, verses 5-6: “Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray [in public] so that they may be seen by others . . . But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray in secret.”
Now, let’s do the business we [you] were elected to do!”
Where it says “they love to stand and pray” I would hold that note for a long moment:
“They Looooooooove to stand and pray, so. . .that. . .they. . .may. . .be seen. . . by others.”
Sometimes I fear we are now in the midst of a Hypocritocracy.
How would YOU “pray” in a public meeting?