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National Day of Prayer: Most Americans Give Thumbs Up; Some Baptists Give Thumbs Down

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57% of Americans Favor the National Day of Prayer

thumbs-up-1.jpgAccording to a recent USA Today/Gallup Poll of 1,000 adults, 57% of Americans favor the National Day of Prayer, 38% don’t care either way, 4.5% oppose it, and .5% don’t know or refuse to answer. My favorite line from Cathy Lynn Grossman’s article: “For most 18- to 29-year-olds, it could be the National Day of Whatever — 59% said it doesn’t matter.”

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty Says National Day of Prayer is “Misguided and Unnecessary”

thumbs-down-1.jpgFor these Baptists, the separation of church and state is essential. K. Hollyn Hollman, general counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee for
Religious Liberty, said “a day of prayer is more appropriately called
for by our religious leaders – not civil magistrates, Congress or even
the president. . . . The government shouldn’t be in the business of telling the American
people what, where or when to pray or even if they should pray.”



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Thomas Buck

posted May 5, 2010 at 6:19 pm


“. . . The government shouldn’t be in the business of telling the American people what, where or when to pray or even if they should pray.”
The above part of that statement is not the way I understand the National Day of Prayer. No one is ordering us to pray. It is a day to encourage prayer for the Nation, as I understand it. The contentions with the Day seem like a lot of hair-splitting to me.
The majority of 18-29 year olds can continue to think of it as “The National Day of Whatever.” No one is going to chain them to a pew or a kneeler until they’re “prayed-up.”



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