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National Day of Prayer is on, despite court ruling

National Day of Prayer is on, despite court ruling

POSTED: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 1:01pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 7, 2010 - 11:05pm

Washington – Thursday, May 6, is the National Day of Prayer, as proclaimed by President Obama. But this year, the annual ritual that began in 1952 is taking place amid controversy.

Last month, a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled that the US law directing the president to proclaim such a day violates the First Amendment, which prohibits government establishment of religion. US District Judge Barbara Crabb also said it was OK to proceed with the National Day of Prayer, pending appeals.

On April 22, the Obama administration appealed Judge Crabb’s ruling to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

But, like last year, Mr. Obama himself will not hold any official prayer day observance at the White House. His predecessor, George W. Bush, had held an annual interfaith observance in the East Room of the White House.

Last year, when Obama decided to limit the White House’s involvement to a proclamation, an urban legend was born: Obama had "canceled" the National Day of Prayer. Not so, the White House said. The myth-busting website Snopes.com has a page devoted to the topic. It’s not that the White House is opposed to prayer, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said last year. “Prayer is something that the president does every day,” he added, noting that it is private.

The National Day of Prayer Task Force, a privately funded group with strong ties to the Evangelical Christian movement, is fighting back against the judge’s ruling and circulating a petition.

“The National Day of Prayer provides an opportunity for all Americans to pray voluntarily according to their own faith – it does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” task force chairwoman Shirley Dobson said in a statement.

Groups around the country will hold observances on Thursday marking the National Day of Prayer, as in years past. Though the tradition was formalized in 1952, with a congressional resolution calling on the president to proclaim such a day, there were national days of prayer long before then.

Opponents of the day of prayer argue that the proclamation makes them feel as if the government is telling them to engage in a religious activity. Atheists, in particular, object to a government prayer proclamation that assumes a universal belief in God.

Obama’s proclamation designating May 6, 2010, as a National Day of Prayer acknowledges the religious diversity of the United States – within the universe of monotheism.

"I call upon the citizens of our Nation to pray, or otherwise give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I invite all people of faith to join me in asking for God's continued guidance, grace, and protection as we meet the challenges before us," the proclamation states.

Religion was a complicated issue in the Obama presidential campaign, and has remained so in his presidency. During the campaign, his long-time pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, seemed to threaten Obama’s chances at winning the Democratic nomination after videotapes emerged showing the pastor using incendiary language. Obama then delivered a memorable speech on faith that appeared to put the issue to rest.

Obama grew up with no faith tradition but embraced Christianity as an adult. Now, as president, he regularly delivers sermon-like speeches, in addition to delivering euglogies, as he did for civil rights leader Dorothy Height last week. On Feb. 4, Obama spoke about the power of prayer to foster civility and bridge divisions, in an address to the National Prayer Breakfast. But Obama and his family have not been regular church-goers since moving to Washington.
 

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I agree totally. His words dont coincide with his actions. He is basically a phony. Many wanted change, we got it.

The majority of Americans were fed up with the un-Christian actions of the Republicans and George Idiot Bush. The Republicans still donate money to the Non Christian values of the Republican Party and condone their actions. AP report More scandal fallout: RNC ousts finance chief Two senior officials fired from GOP committee in wake of sex club spending updated 5:54 p.m. CT, Fri., May 7, 2010 WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee's finance director and his deputy were forced out Friday

NOW THOSE ARE GOOD CHRISTIAN VALUES ACCORDING TO THE RNC. YOU IDIOTS KEEP DONATING YOUR MONEY TO THE GAY AND LESBIAN MOVEMENTS. KIND OF LIKE A PREACHER WHO LIVES IN A WET TOWN BUT DRIVES 50 MILES TO BUY HIS BEER SO NOBODY WILL SEE HIM OR FIND OUT THAT HE DOES NOT PRACTICE WHAT HE PREACHES. THERE IS A BUNCH OF THEM!!

as the organization still reels from reimbursements for donors to attend a lesbian bondage-themed nightclub in Los Angeles.

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President Obama has been the best president we have had after William J. Clinton. George w Bushwhacker bushwhacked this country with his lies about Iraq and with his redistribution of wealth and killing the middle class in America. Under Bushwhacker, 10% of the wealthiest Americans earned 90% of all income leaving the 90% of the rest of Americans earning 10% of the nation’s income. George told so many lies that they can not all be listed here. Not the actions of a Christian.

Obama embraced Christianity because it was politically expedient. He is one of the most deceptive and lying presidents that the United States has ever had. The present and the future will prove that statement true as his presidency moves forward. What is even more dangerous is that the major media is in collusion with him.

No, Katie, George W. Bush was the most lying president in history. It is funny to me that the political talking points have changed since the presidential campaign. During the campaign, Republicans were obsessed with Obama's minister in Chicago-now you claim that he is lying about being a Christian? Please don't call your anger and bigotry a representation of Christianity - you do not represent Jesus's teachings at all.

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