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Thursday, May 7, 2009
Oklahoma Interfaith Day of Prayer and Reflection 2009
This year's Interfaith Day of Prayer and Reflection at the State Capitol was not overly crowded with hordes of interreligious ecumenicists, or really crowded in any sense at all. It was, however, filled with hope and permeated with the aroma of an ideological melting pot, bubbling over with a distinctly Americanized mélange. Where else in the world can you take in the wisdom of a Reverend, a Rabbi, an Imam, and a Priest, followed by a Sikh blessing, all in one sitting? This is a rhetorical question, of course, but it merits some reflection. Even today, few countries can boast such a degree of religious diversity, civil liberty, and socio-cultural toleration to pull this sort of thing off, and it is all to the credit of the Interfaith Alliance that they did so.
I was even more impressed than in previous years with the degree to which the interfaith ceremony explicitly endorsed our common commitment to religious liberty and freedom of conscience. This stands in sharp contrast to the ceremony held within the Capitol, at which religious and political leaders affirmed their dedication to One Nation Under God and took pains to exclude anyone unwilling to sign up to their creed.
Altogether, it was a very positive experience and certainly worth giving up lunch. See you guys again next year!