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National Day of Prayer Ruled Unconstitutional; Obama Will Still Recognize It

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Ah, so maybe this is what prompted today’s (false) rumor that President Obama was canceling National Day of Prayer 2010: a federal district judge in Wisconsin has ruled that the 1988 law creating the annual observance is unconstitutional.

According to the Associated Press story, the order does not block any prayer day until after appeals in the case are exhausted; White House officials have confirmed that Obama still plans to recognize the observance on May 6, now in its 59th year. (The 1988 law was just more specific.) As of 6 p.m. today, there wasn’t anything about this ruling posted on the official National Day of Prayer site, aside from the information posted about the lawsuit a few months ago, so I assume organizers aren’t too worried.

By the way, this is not to be confused with the similarly controversial National Prayer Breakfast, which took place in February.

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Christy Lynn Wilson

posted April 16, 2010 at 11:08 am


I thought the following on the topic from today’s USA Today article was valuable.
“The American Center for Law and Justice, which represented 31 members of Congress who joined the federal government as defendants, called Crabb’s ruling flawed and promised to appeal.
‘It is unfortunate that this court failed to understand that a day set aside for prayer for the country represents a time-honored tradition that embraces the First Amendment, not violates it,’ ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow said in a statement.” http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2010-04-15-prayer-day_N.htm?csp=34&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Religion-TopStories+%28News+-+Religion+-+Top+Stories%29



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robert c

posted April 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm


Interesting though, that after one year in the white House Obama has yet to find a church in Washington to attend.



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Steve Jones

posted April 16, 2010 at 4:17 pm


Interesting though, that after one year in the white House Obama has yet to find a church in Washington to attend.
Really? What’s interesting about that? If I were running or attending a church in DC, the last thing I’d want to deal with weekly is the security that surrounds the US president.
That’s why I understand Obama’s decision to make the Evergreen Chapel at Camp David his primary place of worship. It’s what George W. Bush did, too.



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Baffled European

posted April 17, 2010 at 6:34 am


Christy Lynn Wilson quoted:
“‘It is unfortunate that this court failed to understand that a day set aside for prayer for the country represents a time-honored tradition that embraces the First Amendment, not violates it,’ ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow said in a statement.”
59 years = = time-honored, what about the other two centuries where it was not done?
Oh, and flawed doesn’t mean wrong or illegal.



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Christy Lynn Wilson

posted April 20, 2010 at 2:23 pm


Baffled European: Though the designation of an official ANNUAL day of prayer is only 59 years old, calls for the nation to pray has been a part of this nation’s history since its founding.



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Karen

posted April 20, 2010 at 4:40 pm


“Interesting though, that after one year in the white House Obama has yet to find a church in Washington to attend.”
——-
Guess what? Reagan didn’t attend church at all when he was president.



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Cindy

posted May 3, 2010 at 11:26 pm


National Day of Prayer ruled unconstitutional, well if a faith needs that day of prayer , then it proves that FAITH is BLIND, that is rediculous the BIBLE GOD isnot a respector or DAYS The World is, interesting.
http://www.nobeliefs.com/jefferson.htm
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