Today’s been really productive, but I’ll be glad when it’s time to quit working. I decided to take up the National Blog Posting Month challenge, and what I intended to be a quick hot-take turned into an almost 1500-word long post. That was definitely not the plan, but it adds some good content to the other site, and you can never have enough good content.

I’m also enjoying reading everyone else’s posts. The best part about any of these writing challenges is finding new things to read. I already have a fully-stocked RSS reader, but it’s good to freshen it up with new content that’s longer than one hundred and forty characters.

And now, time for more coffee.

I was browsing Twitter yesterday, and saw that one of my friends was tweeting some comments about invocations at blindness conventions. “Invocation” is a rather fancy word to use in this instance, because these are usually just on-the-spot prayers of the evangelical Christian variety, but we’ll go with it. Anyway, these are pretty much a staple at blindness conventions, and I think this is a tradition that needs to die off. For one thing, none of these organizations are entirely composed of Christians, and these conventions aren’t Christian events. The rest of us, who are either believers of another faith, or not believers at all, shouldn’t need to sit through a public prayer as start to a convention that isn’t devoted to faith. If you want to open a convention, that’s what keynotes are for.

For another, let’s be totally honest. Half the crap that goes on at these conventions can hardly be called good Christian behavior, and it seems just a bit hypocritical to begin with a prayer, and then go on with the rest of what happens at convention. I’m all for Christians getting together at these events to fellowship and pray and hold the live, in-person version of Skype church. But it’s time we dispense with invocations and replace them with a proper keynote, which is what happens at every other convention that’s not a religious one. Well, unless that is, it’s a convention that takes place in the south, and originates there. But that’s a separate issue I think.