Day of prayer ruled unconstitutional

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Registered: 11-20-2008
Day of prayer ruled unconstitutional
Sat, 04-17-2010 - 1:29pm

Well, I agree with this decision, but sadly, I think it will be overturned on appeal.

Your thoughts ?

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Sun, 04-18-2010 - 1:58pm
Here's another link about it:


From your link:

"This divisive observance is a slap on the face to pagans, atheists, Hindus, and everybody else who doesn't belong to a monotheistic faith."

While I agree, this NPD is also a product of the 50s, according to the NPR link,

"Her decision also provides anyone who's interested a useful history of how the National Day of Prayer came to be. A member of Congress with the good, appropriately Old Testament name of Absalom Robertson introduced the legislation in 1952, explaining in part a national day of prayer would be a good bulwark against those godless communists. "

and so is an anti-Communist stunt like changing our Pledge of Allegiance. (eye roll) And since there's a mention of "God" on our money, etc., etc., etc., I kind of shrug about it. I don't observe May 6th as anything special in any way. It's just another day to me. No big deal. Shrug.

While I do pray every day in front of my altar, to my Goddess & God, on behalf of our country and it's people, as well as for all residents of the Universe, perhaps I'll make a point of designing a special ritual with some specific actual spellwork on behalf of my country and it's leaders, with the guardianship and guidance to come from the Goddess & God. Since the gov't seems to think it can legislate me to pray, perhaps I will...





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Wed, 04-21-2010 - 1:41pm

I had never heard of a "national day of prayer" until this thread. And it's taken until 2010 to rule it unconstitutional?



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Registered: 11-20-2008
Fri, 04-23-2010 - 9:30pm

For me ONE sticking point is that NDP law says that the President MUST declare a National Day of Prayer. It doesn't say that they President MAY declare it but that he MUST.

I don't think there should be any laws on the books MANDATING a public official to participate in a religious act.

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Sat, 04-24-2010 - 9:07am

I have to look up the law... It could be that they meant that it MUST be declared ONLY by the President (i.e., cannot be declared by a Senator) - rather than the President IS FORCED TO declare it by law (Mr. President, get up and pray, it's the law) ?

Wording is such a funny thing. It's amazing how when contemporary documents' wording can be so confusing that it doesn't call into question all documents of antiquity even further in our understanding of what was intended.

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Sun, 04-25-2010 - 12:16am

This also set off my friends via facebook with this little nugget on their status update...
"Obama has decided that there will no longer be a "National Day of Prayer" held in May. He doesn't want to offend anybody. Where was his concern about offending Christians last January when he allowed the Muslims to hold a day of prayer on the capitol grounds? As a Christian American, "I AM OFFENDED!!!" If you agree, copy and paste no matter what religion you are. This country was built on Freedom"

Which is solved via

I laughed at the irony of the statement that this country was built on freedom being included in this rant.

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