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Louie Gohmert: Atheists should encourage prayer for national security

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Glenn Beck picked a really bad time to claim the Religious Right was dead. That very same day, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), the exact same Congressional representative he vowed he would become the "worst nightmare" of to get him to run for the Senate, embraced one of the most asinine Religious Right talking points possible.

According to Gohmert, atheists in America should be encouraging prayer for the purposes of national security.

I kid you not.

"If you were completely a-religious, completely atheistic, but you wanted to have a free country, and you wanted to have it safe and protected, then it would sound like, from historical purposes, that it might be a good thing to encourage those who believe in God to keep doing so," Gohmert said on the House floor. "Because when a nation’s leaders honor that God, that nation is protected. It’s only when it turns away that it falls."

Gohmert went onto assert that "no country has ever fallen while it was truly honoring the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."

This is debatable, but the first step towards keeping America from becoming the first nation to fall would be to not expect a round of prayer to stop a terrorist attack.

This is to national defense what agriculture is to praying for rain. Which, as a resident of Texas, Gohmert should know from firsthand experience just how well that typically works.

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