National Day of Prayer 2010
May 6, 2010 by Post Team
National Day of Prayer 2010:As observers celebrate the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, a recent court decision and the decision of the Army to revoke an invitation to evangelist Franklin Graham has been involved in the controversy one days for reflection and prayer.
Graham, Honorary President of the 2010 National Day of Prayer Task Force, said he was going to stay out of the Pentagon on Thursday anyway, despite the decision to rescind its invitation to participate amid complaints about his depict Islam as an evil religion ..
“No need to be invited to a prayer service to pray for the men and women who serve this country, I am very proud (of),” he told Fox News on Wednesday night. “I want you to know that I support.”
Religious leaders and government officials are holding events on Thursday to commemorate the 59th of this day, even leading a Bible reading marathon in Washington, DC, which began on Wednesday.
The event, created in 1952 and signed into law by President Harry Truman, was amended in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan said that the day would be observed on the first Thursday in May. The organizers cite the days of prayer from the origins to 1775 when the Continental Congress encouraged the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation.
President Obama issued a proclamation on Friday in his Justice Department to appeal the ruling of a federal judge last month that the day of prayer is unconstitutional.
“Prayer has been a way to hold for many Americans of diverse faiths to express their most cherished beliefs, and therefore have the time it deems fit and proper to publicly recognize the importance of prayer in this day throughout the country “Obama said in the proclamation.
The lawsuit against the day of prayer was brought by the Freedom of Religion Foundation, a group of Madison, Wisconsin-based atheists and agnostics. The protests are expected there and in Washington.
The lawsuit was originally filed against President George W. s administration Bush “at the end of his second term. The foundation said the day violates the separation of church and state.
Some religious groups disagree with the statement of the foundation. K. Hollyn Hollman, general counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, said that each day should be a day of prayer, but the official name and the proclamation of the President are “wrong and unnecessary.”
“A day of prayer is more appropriately called the religious leaders – not civilian judges, Congress or the president,” Morris said in a statement issued Wednesday. “There is nothing wrong with the American people who gather to pray on a certain day, including public officials. … The problem with the National Day of Prayer is that it is an official act of government urging citizens to participate in a religious exercise. ”
Waiting to be appealed his ruling, Judge U.S. District Barbara Crabb said in his ruling last month that the National Day of Prayer can continue until the legal process is exhausted.
Graham said he is grateful that the Justice Department is appealing the ruling. He said he has been twice to the Pentagon since September 11, 2001, and preaches to the military chaplains.
“It is regrettable that this decision was taken by the Pentagon. Muslims have their holidays celebrated in the Pentagon. Celebrated Ramadan. They have prayer services there. But for us Christians to have moments of prayer, and for them to object and for the Army to give in to their posts is something I do not understand, “said Graham, adding that he and the Muslims will never agree on the way to God.
The Army’s decision to withdraw his invitation is still catching flak. Thirty-six House members sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, urging him to reconsider the decision of the military.
“To rescind the invitation Franklin Graham by these overtly political reasons is a shame that is obviously being done to appease a few outspoken critics, and an affront to the ideals that are the essence of America and which are reflected in all United States history, “said Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz.
“Not everyone will agree with everything that Rev. Graham has to say,” said Rep. Mike Pence, chairman of the House Republican Conference. “But we agree that our Constitution protects their right to say what he believes.”
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