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If you don’t believe can you still pray?

Published August 6, 2022 by Nan Mykel

 

I know, I know…it depends on what or who you pray to.  But somewhere there’s got to be some rectifying  solution, doesn’t there?  I know, no one ever said life was fair, but really!

I’ve been wishing that I still believed, that I had something to pray to.  I came back from atheism to agnosticism, because I don’t really “know” anything.  This morning when I took last night’s remaining coffee from my cup I spied an old fulgurite on my bedside table, and realized what a symbol—no, relic– of power that innate piece of melted silica was.  (I knew that fulgurite is a piece of fossilized lightning strike).  If anything symbolized–and even was–power, it resided in that blackened fossil.  Maybe if I prayed to it my prayers would at least be noted?  Nonsense, I knew, but I was moved to look it up on Google, anyhow.

Imagine my surprise when I looked it up on Google and read FULGURITE MEANINGS:  Manifestation of one’s higher purpose, enhancement of prayer, kundalini awakening, purification, sudden awakening  Chakras: All   Element: Storm    Zodiac Signs: Virgo, Gemini    Number: 6

Fulgurite Crystal Healing Properties

Fulgurites are a powerful high vibration stone for manifesting one’s visions through the power of prayer. They are stones of purification, releasing habits which no longer serve, helping to open and clear the psychic and intuitive senses in order to connect with Divine energy. It activates the Kundalini energies, arousing creativity, sexuality and inner power. It is an initiator of spiritual transformation grounding the Light body and manifesting one’s higher purpose through channeling Divine energy into the world.

From <https://feelcrystals.com.au/product-category/crystal-meanings/fulgurite/>

Heavy, huh?  But I still can’t cotton to the idea of God being an old, old, old man (?) surveying a worldwide playing field.  Perhaps a universe wide one?    Christians are right, everyone else in the world is wrong?  How convenient for them.  During the former president’s reign I marveled at how Christian evangelicals could put up with his unspeakable behavior, all apparently  motivated their thirst for power.  Has it not started to pay off?  Personally, I don’t care who your God is.  I’m happy for you to have one.

Forcing religion on anyone is not my cup of tea.  I’m even more resistant to Christianity since Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican Representative from Georgia,  touted that the  Republican Party should conform to Christianity to make it easier to identify with and sway Christian voters.  I strongly resist any attempts to “sway” my judgment.  From <https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/24325815/posts/179764> (Besides, they would be hypocrites if they did).

WANTING TO BELIEVE — On the farm, at five, I remember both realizing and regretting that no one else could share my experience,  that each of us is separate.  I still regret it.

As a youth, at bedtime, I would sometimes hold one arm up in the air for minutes.   Any involuntary movement of my arm might be by God.  Nan  3/28/2022

Well, I’m certainly not going to pray to my fossil, but it sure is a  great symbol of power.  I’ll hang onto it for awhile, just in case…

THE MORAL GROUND

Published July 6, 2022 by Nan Mykel

Christians Against Christian Nationalism campaign  was formed “to provide resources about Christian  nationalism and how it distorts Christianity and harms our neighbors. Earlier this year, BJC worked with secular partners at the Freedom From Religion Foundation to publish a comprehensive report on Christian nationalism and its role in the Jan. 6 attack. This project, which serves as a resource for lawmakers and the general public, includes the most complete record to date of how Christian nationalism helped fuel the insurrection.

Dismantling Christian nationalism starts with questioning assumptions and myths that underlie common statements, like “America is a Christian nation.” We can affirm a productive role for religion — including but not limited to Christianity — in our public square without providing Christianity or Christians a place of privilege in our laws and policy.

The constitutional framers protected religious freedom by balancing two guarantees in the First Amendment: the free exercise of religion and the prohibition against its establishment by the government.

These values are being challenged in this election year by politicians and other leaders. Doug Mastriano, the GOP’s gubernatorial nominee in Pennsylvania, participated in the “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6 and has been subpoenaed by the Select Committee. He also has repeatedly blended religion and government in his public speeches, saying at one point: “We’re going to bring the state back to righteousness, this is our day, our hour to take our state back and renew the blessings of America.”

This kind of language — harking back to some idealized “time in America” — is one way that racism and white supremacy become coded into Christian nationalism. Violent extremists, such as the insurrectionists at the Capitol and more recently the shooter at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo, use Christian language and symbols in conjunction with overtly racist rantings in attempts to cloak their actions in respectability and divine authority.

The Christianity they summon and the Jesus they imagine — a white, muscular figure who seeks and wields political power — is not only not present in the Gospels, it is refuted by the Gospels.

The tumultuous events of 2020 have called the question about where we white Christians stand on white supremacy. History is recording a roll call vote that requires us to declare our position.

At this time of reckoning, we can remain loyal to our heritage and ancestors through defensiveness and inaction. Or we can rededicate ourselves to the work of handing down a healthier faith and country to our children and our children’s children. But we can’t do both.

My hope is that enough of us will awaken from the fevered nightmare of white supremacy and finally choose a future in which we work shoulder to shoulder with our Black and brown brothers and sisters to achieve the promise of a multi-racial, multi-religious America.

This post was adapted from the afterword in the paperback edition of White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American ChristianityCopyright © 2021 by Robert P. Jones.

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From another bailiwick we find Elie Mystal in the May 2022 Nation urging we take off our gloves (or is it put them on?) in opposing SCOTUS’ overturning of Roe v. Wade:

We now live in a country where the government cannot force you to wear a mask on a plane during a pandemic but can force you to carry a pregnancy to term against your will.  It is a country where the government won’t ban certain kinds of assault rifles but will ban certain kinds of  medical care….

Mystal, who is an attorney and the justice correspondent at The Nation, where he writes about the courts,  suggests [urges] that we drop “choice” as our rallying cry against our loss of rights.  “Choice” was a rational argument, but it is insufficient as a fighting posture. “I am done ceding the moral space to Christian fundamentalists.  Forced birth–literally commandeering a person’s womb and forcing threm to incubate cells against their will–is evil and barbaric and cannot be compelled by a legitimate government….The fundamentalist program will have to be opposed–and opposed vehemently–through policy, the courts, and moral  suasion”.

Mystal urges Democrats to learn how to fight the moral battles: Perhaps it’s time for Democrats to stop trying to compromise with the Christian fundamentalists who have taken control of uteruses that don’t belong to them and start trying to fight them.

 

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