A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional, saying the day amounts to a call for religious action.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb wrote that the governmentcan no more enact laws supporting a day of prayer than it can encourage citizens to fast during Ramadan, attend a synagogue or practice magic.
"In fact, it is because the nature of prayer is so personal and can have such a powerful effect on a community that the government may not use its authority to try to influence an individual's decision whether and when to pray," Crabb wrote.
Congress established the day in 1952 and in 1988 set the first Thursday in May as the day for presidents to issue proclamations asking Americans to pray. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Madison-based group of atheists and agnostics, filed a lawsuit against the federal government in 2008 arguing the day violated the separation of church and state.
After 50 years, a judge tells the President of the United States that the National Day of Prayer, May 6, 2010, is Unconsitutional!
Here is the proclamation:
TITLE 36 Subtitle I Part A CHAPTER 1 § 119
Title 36 of the US Code as currently published by the US Government reflects the laws passed by Congress as of Jan. 5, 2009.
National Day of Prayer
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.
85% of Americans self-identify as Christians. (2002)
11% of the US population identify with a faith other than Christianity (2004)
This idiot in Wisconsin is now trying to tell citizens of the United States of America who believe in GOD, that Obama cannot asl people and churches to pray on that day?
And this is all because of the 4% of the Godless population in the US, or the 16% worldwide?
WOW! That's even better than the atheist who tried to sue NASA for Separation of Church and Space!
As John Stossel always says, "Give Me a Break!"
I say Give me a break...and God Help Us All!
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