The National Day of Prayer

Before you get upset about the recent court ruling, READ IT.

The federal judge in Wisconsin said the 1988 law requiring the president to issue a proclamation for a national day of prayer each May is unconstitutional. The judge did not rule on the right of the president to issue such proclamations himself, only the law requiring him to do so. The plaintiff’s had no standing to challenge that.

And the real problem was the dominance of evangelicals in pushing the 1988 law and in dominating the National Day of Prayer Committee. The 1952 law was urged by Billy Graham. The law, says the ruling, “goes beyond mere ‘acknowledgment’ of religion because its sole purpose is to encourage all citizens to engage in prayer, an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function in this context. In this instance, the government has taken sides on a matter that must be left to individual conscience.”

Contrary to a false rumor, the president still intends to issue a proclamation this year–but he’s not going to let himself be hornswoggled by the “National Day of Prayer Task Force.” All this is good, and I hope the Supreme Court upholds this ruling.

2 thoughts on “The National Day of Prayer

  1. Hi Bill,

    Pardon my posting in the wrong section; feel free to correct the placement.

    I appreciate your dose of scepticism in regards to your recent post on “Buddhist extremist”. A bit of sceptism in particular circumstances is reasonable. However, it should not be a surprise to learn that anti-Christian violence is going on in India. From my research, the unfortunate, violent attacks that have recently happened are coming from insane individuals who happen to be Hindu. I am not trying to imply that all hindu people are this way, but simply acknowledging your scepticism was needed, but not to entirely disregard recent attacks in India.

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