Can somebody PLEASE explain to me what is wrong with a National Day of Prayer? Nobody said that you could not be sending those prayers to Vishnu or Buddha. Nobody said that you HAD to participate. If you are happy thinking that this is it, that you get this one life only, that you will NOT be held accountable, then by all means, go on about your business. In true religion there is no COMPULSION (of course that does not hold true of Totalitarian Political Systems that use religion as a sword).
America Still Has A Prayer
The National Day of Prayer lands this year on Thursday, May 5th, less than 3 weeks away. Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dismissed a lawsuit (3-0) against the National Day of Prayer, overturning Wisconsin U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb’s ruling that its observance was “unconstitutional.” An amicus brief submitted by Family Research Council and Liberty Institute, argued that the anti-religion group bringing the suit had no legal standing. Lead counsel, FRC Senior Fellow Ken Klukowski, J.D., said the court “correctly held that…rejecting a President’s invitation to pray if you are so moved is not an ‘injury’ that entitles you to file a lawsuit,” adding this “is a reminder of the paramount importance of good judges on the federal bench.”
Americans enjoy religious freedom not because of the courts but because our Founders recognized that religious liberty is a gift of God, not government, and because of the Constitution and the sacrifices of countless men and women to defend it. Religion cannot be banned in America because it was never imposed — not by the Founding Fathers, and certainly not by the National Day of Prayer. I hope you and your church and family will exercise your liberty to join millions of Americans to seek the Lord for our nation May 5th. America ‘s problems are not just political, but profoundly moral and spiritual. Our nation cannot get back on course without God’s help. Thank God for Forty-three Presidents who have proclaimed National Days of Prayer, and for Dr. James and Shirley Dobson, the National Day of Prayer Task Force, and all who have kept this call to pray front-and-center for decades, and defended it, when necessary.
*Via Tony Perkins’ Washington Update April 15, 2011.