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National Day Of Prayer Undermines Religious Freedom, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Produces Shareable Graphics Exposing Problems Of Official Prayer Event

The National Day of Prayer (NDP) is a constitutionally suspect government endorsement of religion, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

“The government should not be giving out prayer instructions,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Those who want to pray are more than capable of doing so without government coercion; those who do not wish to pray surely do not appreciate a federal directive endorsing belief over non-belief.” Read more

Symbols and Civil Religion

Some very powerful people in the United States see absolutely nothing wrong with generalized government endorsement of religious belief. Read more

Politicizing Prayer: James Dobson Calls Obama ‘Abortion President’ At Allegedly ‘Non-Partisan’ Prayer Day Event

If anyone was still unconvinced prior to yesterday that the National Day of Prayer (NDP) is little more than a fundamentalist Christian political rally, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson’s rant on Capitol Hill should have erased any doubts.

During an event organized by the National Day of Prayer Task Force (a non-profit run by conservative evangelical Christians) and attended by members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dobson slammed President Barack Obama, calling him the “abortion president.” Read more

State-Sponsored Supplications: Does The United States Really Need A National Day of Prayer?

Editor’s Note: Today is the congressionally mandated National Day of Prayer. “The Wall of Separation” is pleased to offer this guest post by James C. Nelson, a retired justice of the Montana Supreme Court. Nelson was appointed to the court by Gov. Marc Racicot in 1993 and was reelected to the position three times, serving until his retirement in 2013.   Read more

Memo To The Religious Right: You Don’t Need The Government To Tell You When To Pray

Thursday is the National Day of Prayer, and if you want to pray, by all means have at it.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: You can pray (or not) as dictated by your very own conscience. You don’t need any branch of the government to tell you what to do when it comes to religion. Read more

Presidential Opt-Out: Obama Skips Dobsons’ Religious Right Prayer Rally

Is America a fundamentalist Christian nation where government and religion are merged?

Of course not. But if you stopped by the Cannon House Office Building here in Washington, D.C., today, you’d certainly think so.

The National Day of Prayer Task Force commandeered a large room there for the morning and turned it into a fundamentalist revival tent, replete with the usual Religious Right mix of faith and partisanship. Read more

Reason In The Rotunda: Speaking Up For Church-State Separation In Minnesota’s Capitol

Every year around the National Day of Prayer (NDP) – which occurred last Thursday – Americans United gets really busy.

Media outlets and various interest groups want to hear our take on the government-mandated day to pray, which started in 1952 when Congress passed a federal statute ordering the president to declare a prayer day each year. (In 1998, the NDP was codified as the first Thursday of every May.) Read more

Palin Palaver: Constitution Based On Bible, Former Alaska Governor Tells O’Reilly

Once again, Sarah Palin has got it all wrong.

Last week, the former Alaskan governor appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” to correct the “nonsense” she was hearing over the National Day of Prayer. Read more

The National Day Of Prayer: Despite Court Ruling, The Religious Right’s Public Piety Pageant Goes On

Today is the congressionally mandated National Day of Prayer (NDP), and despite a recent federal court decision ruling the day unconstitutional, it must still go on. Read more

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