Photos and Quotes That Only Confirm That Atheism Equals Sanity:

No, that bunch of Muslims is not finally worshiping one of their own. It's actually from the Friday, September 25 "Day of Islamic Unity," where somewhere between 1000 and 8000 Muslims gathered on Capitol Hill to pray and hear speakers on America and Islam. Let's let Fox "news" describe the event: "The crowd in attendance on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building was comprised predominantly of people of color and men, with females seated separately." After the prayers, one speaker "urged all Muslims to 'God bless America' and avoid the 'trap' of hating anyone, particularly Christians and Jews."

Of course, there were conservative Christian protesters, some handing out pamphlets that yelled, "Abortion is Murder!! Homosexuality is Sin! Islam is a Lie!" If the pamphlet shovers took a second to ask anyone there, they'd discover that many of the praying, scary brown people agreed with them on two out of three of the expressed sentiments.

The Rude Pundit's Super-Duper Prayer Team got into the mix of things, too. The Rude Pundit joined the Family Research Council's Super-Duper Prayer Team a few years ago under a nom de rude, and each week he receives his prayerphyxiation orders from the Prayer Team's captain of, well, prayer. Last Wednesday, he was informed of the SDPT's activities in DC: "Perhaps a thousand Christian evangelists and prayer warriors were on site and posted at Metro stops around the city hoping to reach thousands of Muslim visitors with Bibles, gospel tracts, and DVDs." You got that? A thousand Jesus-fluffers were trying to convert a couple of thousand Mohammed-fellatilists. It's like King Kong versus Godzilla.

Oh, and then there's the actual prayer the SDPT was supposed to fall on its knees and intone: "Praise God! May widespread Christian prayer continue to restrain militant Islam and the radicalization of peaceful practitioners. May vital Christianity preempt the spread of Islam by the sharing of the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who have been blinded by the 'god of this age.'"

This is followed by suggested bible verses that are supposed to send us scurrying to our handy New American editions to read what God hisself had to say about our extreme action prayers. In this case, it's shit like Psalm 96 or Isaiah 44, the "only one God" or "no god above our God" stuff, the kind of thing where, if you replaced "God" with "Packers," you'd have a perfectly good football chant.

You look at this nonsense, this derangement masked as rational thought or behavior: one group praying to their invisible sky wizard while another group is proclaiming that their invisible sky wizard is sooo much cooler than the first group's invisible sky wizard. If they were talking about centaurs or fairies, we'd lock all of them the hell up. And, as Barack Obama tries to figure out what the fuck to do about the Taliban mowing down Americans in Afghanistan, you gotta think, "We're just fucked."