Well, I agree with this decision, but sadly, I think it will be overturned on appeal.
Your thoughts ?
I had never heard of a "national day of prayer" until this thread. And it's taken until 2010 to rule it unconstitutional?
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.
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.
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 http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/prayerday.asp
I laughed at the irony of the statement that this country was built on freedom being included in this rant.