Friday, April 16, 2010

National Day of Prayer

I have wanted to talk about the events of yesterday, because of the interesting news and because I wanted to sort out the state of things now with the day and with the White House.

So, the FFRF, Freedom from Religion Foundation, has worked long and hard to push on the constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer. Can or should a president or Congress give special props to one or all religion? That is a question they have worked to sort out, believing the answer is no.

They finally got federal support in the courts. Out of Wisconsin, a judge has

It has created some anger. But a lot of blame is sent at Obama as well, though he was defending the proclamation process. Though he does not throw himself into it all, just signing the paper and staying away. Which angers some. But they also heel they are having there rightful place taken away.

Off twitter:
"Reading a proclamation is not celebrating / honoring the Lord... as our POTUSs have done 4 many generations!"
Despite the fact it goes back to the 50's, which may be what is meant, but is it, or is it the vague it is the way of out father's and our father's father's. There are traditions that come and go. Why is this so unique. Religion. Christianity. Politics. Duh.
I am offended!! All Christians / Americans should be! Romans 13:1 tells 2 pray 4 POTUS! God is God, and Obama is....!!!
All Americans need to be offended? That Christianity, which this is largely about, is not getting it's special Focus on the Family sponsored day? I am not weeping. God is God? That is the problem. This day is about religion and only that. That is not in the purview of government.
Obama has removed Natl. Day of Prayer from White House, yet allowed Muslim prayer on grounds & bows 2 other world leaders.
Bowing? Who cares for Conservative blather. Now the Muslim prayer event, that is another religious event. But I am not too familiar. In the NDoP, the president signs a proclamation. Cultural events are vaguer. But even if it is akin. It is another things to cut off. I think the writer above is more bothered by Muslims getting attention, and how it fits there world view.

But as I understand it, this prayer day asks all Americans to pray. As noted by the judge yesterday.
…recognizing the importance of prayer to many people does not mean that the government may enact a statute in support of it, any more than the government may encourage citizens to fast during the month of Ramadan, attend a synagogue, purify themselves in a sweat lodge or practice rune magic.”
That is a bit much.

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