“A Wisconsin judge has ruled that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional under the provisions of the First Amendment. Shirley Dobson and the National Day of Prayer Task Force is urging praying Christians to sign a petition to President Obama, asking him to appeal this decision, and to pray for this historic day of prayer for the nation to be preserved as one of our basic freedoms.”
This year, the National Day of Prayer will take place on May 6, 2010. What is at stake is future observances.
About the National Day of Prayer
“The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.”
Dear President Obama,I’m writing to urge you to appeal the decision of the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Wisconsin, which struck down the federal statute that establishes a day for the National Day of Prayer. Appeals to the Almighty on our nation’s behalf have proven indispensable throughout the history of this great nation. Please ensure that your administration exerts every effort to continue this great American tradition of an annual proclamation calling upon all willing Americans to pray. Thank you.
May God bless America!
As a concerned citizen, I am calling on Congress and the President to appeal the ruling on case 08-cv-588-bbc. It not only undermines the National Day of Prayer, it also undermines the heritage and tradition of the American people, which dates back to our nation’s founding.
“On April 15, 2010, United States District Court Judge Barbara Crabb, for the Western District of Wisconsin, struck down the National Day of Prayer statute, 36 U.S.C. § 119, as violating the Establishment Clause. Judge Crabb ruled that the statute serves no secular purpose, but rather calls the nation to engage in a religious exercise – prayer.
The National Day of Prayer belongs to Americans. It is a tradition that dates back to 1775 and it is not for a Judge to take away. We the people called for the day of prayer and for 59 years we have practiced our freedom to gather and pray.
This is an attack upon our religious freedoms and it is a sad day in America when an atheist in Wisconsin can undermine this tradition for millions of others who simply wish to join their fellow citizens in praying for their country.
The National Day of Prayer provides an opportunity for all Americans to pray voluntarily according to their own faith – it does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”
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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER UNDER ATTACK
JUDGE RULES STATUTE SETTING NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER UNCONSTITUTIONAL… AMERICANS URGE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO APPEAL
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO (April 15, 2010) – The National Day of Prayer Task Force (NDPTF) and Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) are urging President Obama to appeal federal judge Barbara Crabb’s decision in Wisconsin that struck down a federal statute that sets a day for the National Day of Prayer. The order does not affect presidential prayer proclamations and will not go into effect unless the decision still stands after all appeals are exhausted in the case.
Shirley Dobson, Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force and wife of Focus on the Family Founder Dr. James Dobson, said “Since the days of our Founding Fathers, the government has protected and encouraged public prayer and other expressions of dependence on the Almighty. This is a concerted effort by a small but determined number of people who have tried to prohibit all references to the Creator in the public square, whether it be the Ten Commandments, the Pledge of Allegiance, or the simple act of corporate prayer – this is unconscionable for a free society.”
Joel Oster, ADF senior counsel, echoed these sentiments saying, “It’s important to remember this about the National Day of Prayer: It’s America’s heritage, and this day belongs to Americans – the court should not have struck down this statute. ADF urges the Obama administration to appeal this terrible ruling that not only undermines the National Day of Prayer, but the underlying heritage and tradition of the American people which dates back to the nation’s founding.”
“The National Day of Prayer provides an opportunity for all Americans to pray voluntarily according to their own faith,” Oster explained. “It does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, and this decision should be appealed.”
In 1952, President Harry Truman signed into law a joint resolution of Congress to set aside an annual National Day of Prayer. Congress amended the law in 1988, which was signed by President Ronald Reagan, for the purpose of establishing a more particular date. The law currently reads, “The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.” The Freedom From Religion Foundation challenged the constitutionality of the statute in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.
The tradition of designating an official day of prayer actually began with the Continental Congress in 1775, after which President George Washington issued a National Day of Thanksgiving Proclamation. Ever since, American presidents have made similar proclamations and “appeals to the Almighty.” Historically, all 50 governors, along with U.S. presidents, have issued proclamations in honor of the National Day of Prayer.
The court order does not demand that the 59th National Day of Prayer which occurs May 6th, be cancelled. Citizens desiring more information on the efforts of the NDPTF and ADF to defend the National Day of Prayer can visit http://www.NationalDayofPrayer.org