Tuesday, May 4, 2010

National Day of Prayer: A Factual Look At Congress And American History

The National Day of Prayer was not established by President George W. Bush, contrary to what Michael Stone of the Portland Progressive Examiner wrote on April 15, 2010:
The National Day of Prayer service was started by George W. Bush. It was an openly evangelical Christian affair, and was highly inappropriate for an official White House function. It was offensive to all non Christians. Christians must learn that not everyone subscribes to their silly superstition. Their superstition has no business being privileged or even recognized by the federal government.
Author's Commentary: Thank you, Michael Stone, for enlightening all of us about the "silly superstition" called Christianity. In fact, thank you, Michael Stone, for enlightening us about your personal beliefs, and for sharing your completely biased, and obviously liberal, thoughts with conservative Americans who don't happen to agree with you. God exists, Michael Stone, and your beliefs don't change the facts about God, Christianity, and the Bible. 

Here are a few historical facts about National Prayer in America: the first day of National Prayer in America took place in 1775 due to a declaration of the Continental Congress. President George Washington declared a day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer on February 19, 1795. The National Day of Prayer, as recognized by Christians today, was a bill unanimously passed by Congress on April 17, 1952, and signed by President Harry Truman. The decision to have the National Day of Prayer on the first Thursday in May was made in 1988. {2}

On April 14, 2010, Wisconsin Judge Barbara Crabb decided that The National Day of Prayer is not constitutional. {1}

"The lawsuit against the National Day of Prayer was brought in Wisconsin by a group of atheists and agnostics called the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which argued that it violated the separation of church and state." {1}

Author's Commentary: Congress started the National Day of Prayer approximately 58 years ago. The atheist, secular humanist Freedom from Religion Foundation, co-founded by atheist and co-president Dan Barker, was the moving force behind Judge Barbara Crabb's decision. *See My Related Posts below
*See above quotation.
 
President Barack Hussein Obama, in spite of his persistent, yet highly questionable, insistence that he is a Christian, will not be holding the National Day of Prayer service at the White House today. What else is there to expect from President Barack Hussein Obama's self-proclaimed Christian faith? President Barack Obama walked out of the National Prayer Breakfast right before Christian quarterback Tim Tebow said his prayer. *See My Related Posts below.
 
I can't help but wonder if President Barack Hussein Obama would have canceled the National Day of Prayer service at the White House if the prayers to be recited were Muslim prayers. You think? 
 
{1} National Day of Prayer Deemed Unconstitutional,
but Obama Will Recognize it Anyway
Posted by Brian Montopoli
April 16, 2010 1:34 PM
 
{2} The National Day of Prayer in the USA (NDP)
History of the NDP

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