Patt Morrison for May 6, 2010

National Day of Prayer – shall we pray? Or not…

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The traditional National Day of Prayer is being challenged this year

The National Day of Prayer became national law nearly 60 years ago and every year since 1952, the president of the United States has issued a proclamation urging people to turn to God in prayer. Now that law is being challenged in federal court; a federal judge says it’s unconstitutional but President Obama’s Justice Department is appealing that ruling. Defenders of the tradition say it’s an attack upon the religious heritage of Americans and detractors say it’s nothing less than a government endorsement of religion. Shall we pray? Or not…


Mike Johnson, serves as Senior Legal Counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative legal group, at its Louisiana Regional Service Center.

Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation

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