‘National Day of Prayer’ in violation of religious freedom
April 21, 2010
I congratulate District Judge Crabb for declaring the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional.
You, ma’am, have taken another step towards true religious freedom in the United States. Our government needs a purely secular backdrop to operate.
Judge Crabb ruled on March 1st 2010 that the National Day of Prayer was unconsitutional because it is “an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function”.
The ruling came in result of a lawsuit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison Wisconsin, against the National Day of Prayer Task Force and several supporting politicians such as George Bush and President Obama.
Judge Crabb went on to explain her ruling by saying “adopting [the] defendants’ view of standing would allow the government to have unrestrained authority to demean members of any religious group without legal consequence.
The federal government could declare the ‘National Day of Anti-Semitism’ or even declare Christianity the official religion of the United States, but no one would have standing to sue because no one would have to ‘pass by’ those declarations.”
Why is something like this even being considered? I’m uneasy just reading the name of the holiday. A federal celebration dedicated to meditation and contemplation of the Christian God? I’m pretty postive that is in direct threat to our freedom of religion.
There’s no denying this is a Christian manifestation either, seeing as the NDOPTF is chaired by Evangelist Franklin Graham.
Graham is also the son of the famous TV evangelist Billy Graham.
Franklin Graham is also being ridiculed for scheduling a speaking engagement with the Pentagon on this National Day of Prayer.
Authorities against the speech are worried Graham’s anti-Muslim rhetoric could stir up anger at the Pentagon and with Muslim soldiers.
Graham was quoted in a New York Times op-ed piece as saying he wasn’t against Muslims but that ‘’as a minister .... I believe it is my responsibility to speak out against the terrible deeds that are committed as a result of Islamic teaching.’’
Mickey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said that the task force had every right to hold events that were based on Christianity, but that the Pentagon should not get too involved with the force because they require all who run these events to be Christian.
Since the Pentagon can not require anyone to be any religion, getting wrapped up with Graham’s group could blur the lines between Church and State.
And I compeletely agree. There is absolutely no reason why any branch or federal organization should be holding National Day of Prayer celebrations or having anything to do with NDOPTF.
There seems to be a large contigent of people, especially in the rural midwest, who don’t see how Christianity is already too large a part of our government’s workings.
There has never been a President of any minority religion and there wont be for a very long time. The United States, the founder of the Freedom of Religion concept, is among the most religious of all the developed nations.
We have too much of this in politics and installing a National Day of Prayer, honestly, is a concept that scares the hell out of me.
No pun intended.
I once again congratulate Wisconsin for making a move away from this rediculous statute and holiday. We can lead the nation in providing freedom and a secular government to our citizens.
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