“Thou shalt not be as the hypocrites”

If the Christianists spent less time stirring up hatred, perhaps they’d be able to read the Bible more.

The hate-fest on the Washington Times comment board following a story about the President’s decision not to attend various National Day of Prayer events really has to be read to be believed. (Yes, the word “anti-Christ” is used, and of course “closet Muslim.”)

But the thread has one note of sanity, from “novathecat”:

I’m not an Obama supporter, but I think he is correct in not participating in public prayer. The picture of corrupt politicians parading false piety is offensive to me. According to the New Testament, Matthew 6:5 – 6…

5. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Maybe if the Christianists spent less time stirring up hatred, they could read their Bibles more.

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Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com