No, the President has NOT cancelled the National Day of Prayer

15 Apr

James 3:5
Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.

See, there’s that whole false witness thing.

I heard it first this morning on Facebook, something along the lines that the President had “cancelled” the National Day of Prayer. Because, you know, he did the same thing last year.

Not quite.

Here’s what was floating around:

President Obama decided that there will no longer be a “National Day of Prayer” held in May. He doesn’t want to offend anyone. Where was his concern about offending Christians last January when he allowed the Muslims to hold a day of prayer on the capitol grounds. As an American Christian “I am offended.” if you agree, copy and paste … no matter what religion you are. This country was built on freedom!

Not true.

First, while over the years President’s have called the nation to prayer. In 1952 President Harry Truman signed legislation saying that each President must name a national day of prayer on a date of his choosing. In 1988 that law was amended by Congress and signed by President Reagan to set aside the first Thursday in May as the “National Day of Prayer.” Not even Barack Obama can arbitrarily wipe a law off the books.

Since Reagan signed that into law, only George W. Bush has held an annual National Day of Prayer event in the White House each year of his Administration. Reagan held one event, George H.W. Bush held one event. Clinton held no official events.

However, Every President since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation. [The National Day of Prayer Website]

While I wouldn’t presume to second guess him on this, I think it’s a safe assumption that President Obama will issue another proclamation this year.

I really can’t believe I have to bother saying this again, but stop attacking the President on this. I do not like his policies or his politics. I do not like the direction in which he is leading this country.

But wake up Christians and stop spreading rumors and lies.

It’s disgraceful.

More to the point, it’s sin.

Now, having said that, while you’ve been distracted with silly rumors this real story broke:

Federal judge rules Day of Prayer unconstitutional
The Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. — A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional Thursday, saying the day amounts to a call for religious action.

I’m neither a judge, nor a constitutional scholar, but I believe this federal judge is wrong. The lawsuit was brought on the basis that the National Day of Prayer violates the separation of church and state. A phrase which does not appear in the Constitution.

This friends, is a matter of prayer.

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