Why do we have to have a National day of prayer? Or rather, do we need a National Day of Prayer? (see exhibit A)
Lawmakers defend Day of Prayer after court ruling
Associated Press - April 21, 2010 2:55 PM ET
WASHINGTON (AP) - Some members of Congress are condemning a federal judge's ruling that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional.
A group of House members on Wednesday joined faith organizations on Capitol Hill to defend the day of prayer. They say prayer has long been part of the country's history.
A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled last week that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional because it amounts to a call for religious action. The judge did not bar any observances until all appeals are exhausted.
Congress established the day in 1952 and in 1988 set the first Thursday in May as the day for presidents to issue proclamations asking Americans to pray.The lawmakers urged the Obama administration to appeal the ruling.
statement of the judge:
"The law establishing an annual National Day of Prayer has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge. Judge Barbara Crabb issued the ruling Thursday in a lawsuit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation against President Barack Obama and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
"They can have the initiative all they want and people can pray all they want but you don't codify it and try to make it part of the American government," said Rebecca Hale of the Colorado Springs Free Thinkers. "That's where it becomes a violation."
6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.
7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions
8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
National Day of Prayer 2010 Cancelled By President Obama - RUMOR
April 15, 2010 11:12 AM EDT (Updated: April 16, 2010 02:26 AM EDT)
It is a RUMOR that the National Day of Prayer, which has been held on the first Thursday in May since President Truman's time, has been canceled by President Barack Obama.
The next National Day of Prayer for 2010 will fall on Thursday, May 6.
DENVER — The Army is considering whether to rescind an invitation to evangelist Franklin Graham to appear at the Pentagon amid complaints about his description of Islam as evil, a military spokesman said Wednesday.
Graham, the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, was to appear at the Pentagon on May 6 – the National Day of Prayer
After the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Graham said Islam "is a very evil and wicked religion." In a later op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal, Graham wrote that he did not believe Muslims were evil because of their faith, but "as a minister ... I believe it is my responsibility to speak out against the terrible deeds that are committed as a result of Islamic teaching."
Let the mayhem and foolishness begin.
I sometimes feel that I must live under a rock, but then maybe a good rock. I have heard of this National Day of Prayer, but usually it has been low key. It seems that everything that is good and scared has come under attack. I was listening to news radio yesterday and I heard the commentary on Rev Franklin Graham. It seems that he made statements that can be construed as inflammatory and somewhat derogatory. A person in charge of overseeing the National Day of Prayer or at least overseeing who will be attending, made a statement basically demanding that Rev Franklin be de-invited. He sounded livid, and he said that he wasn't saying that Rev Graham couldn't say what he said, but he could not be a representative of what he said in the format of The National Day of Prayer. He could say and represent what he wanted in other private or public forums, but not on a government forum. Ahh, there's the rub. Couldn't he come and pray for forgiveness of his offence, and then make restitution by embracing the Islamic people? Can't we all just get along?
This is what I know for sure:
Jesus taught: 3Nephi 18:19 Therefore ye must always pray unto the Father in my name;
Even though we pray in public forums, I believe that prayer is a private communication with our Heavenly father
5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly