The hidden agenda aside, what exactly is the National Day of Prayer going to do for us and for the nation? At a time when it's so abundantly clear that what we need is greater self-reliance and a rebirth of personal responsibility - not to mention calling on our government to exercise responsibility and restraint - they want to urge us to look to a higher power for answers. They actually single out self-reliance in the Lausanne Covenant as the single greatest threat to society. People taking responsibility for their actions, solving problems for thenselves and working to make the world better is in direct opposition to their philosophy of turning to God for every solution and the church for every answer.
The problem with this sort of fundamentalist Christianity is that it hammers home a very, very negative message. It tells us that we aren't in control of our own lives. When something goes wrong, blame it on the demonic forces in our secularized society. It tells us that we don't need to take responsibility to solve our own problems and make our nation a better more responsible nation. All we have to do is turn to God and faith and prayer will solve all our problems. And if that doesn't work, then government will solve them, so long as we make sure there's enough godliness in the government. This is a sick, selfish and opportunistic abuse of Christianity and of those Christians weak enough to be sucked into it. It conditions them to look to God and prayer as a great escape clause and to church leaders for day to day guidance. It paints as acceptable the subordination of individual will and representative government to the rule of God and faith.
Bondage to a single, exclusionary, cult-like religious sect isn't exactly what I think of when I see the word 'freedom', and it's not at all what this country was founded on. In fact, many men of faith throughout history - like Martin Luther and John Wesley - argued that it's not what Christianity should be about either. Their fanaticism makes people like Dr. James Dobson and his followers strong. They have no doubts, no questions, no consideration for anything but their agenda. While our minds boggle and we laugh off the idea of a concerted campaign to virally Christianize our children, they just plug ahead with programs like the NDP to make that plan a reality.