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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Then comes the abortion of the National Day of Prayer

First proclaimed during the administration of (Democrat) Harry S. Truman, the National Day of Prayer has been canceled by Barack Obama. Truly Harry would have been a Republican these days and very possibly JFK (or at least a Blue Dog).

As reported by Marci Stone:

"Obama cancelled 2010 White House National Day of Prayer ceremony. The National Day of Prayer has historically been the first Thursday in May, since Harry S. Truman put it into effect in 1952, but wasn’t official until the days of Ronald Reagan.

For eight years, the White House held a celebration on the National Day of Prayer, and last year Obama cancelled the celebration, and the ceremony has been cancelled for 2010. In 2009, CNN reported that Obama was toning down the National Day of Prayer by cancelling the White House ceremony, but that the official day was not cancelled.

The National Day of Prayer was created to remind people to pray for family, friends, the country, etc. It wasn’t created for a specific religion, but for anyone who wanted to participate.

In the past, many Presidents worried that making the National Day of Prayer official may cross the line at keeping church and state separate. While cancelling the National Day of Prayer ceremony has some people upset, and others have no opinion.

Kevin Coburn, from Salt Lake City said, “People shouldn’t care about the National Day of Prayer being cancelled. If people want to pray, they should, but they don’t need a special day set aside for it.”

Now we know why Obama doesn't go to church, since he cannot go to the radical communist Trinity United CC anymore. Our President doesn't give a rip about God or the fact that our nation was founded to do the following:

1) Allow for freedom of worship (not freedom FROM worship but rather freedom to worship or not)
2) Allow for fair representation
3) Escape high taxes that hurt businesses
4) Escape the tyranny of a despot
5) Give everyone a chance to succeed

President Obama seems to be determined to undo all five of these things. Worship is suppressed, representation has been a joke lately, taxes are burgeoning, Obama is a budding despot and those who succeed are being punished.


radar said...

Other than that, happy days! Be sure to vote, people!!!

Jon Woolf said...

"the National Day of prayer has been canceled..."

No, it wasn't.

However, a federal district court judge in Wisconsin did declare it unconstitutional. Whether or not that will stick remains to be seen.

There are enough reasons already to view the current White House occupant with total contempt. You don't need to invent any more.

radar said...

Woolf, what part of quoting a Chicago newspaper reporter do you not understand? I didn't make anything up. Helium broke the story as well (Amanda Fox) and fact checked it.

Jon Woolf said...

Radar, go to your favorite search engine and search on "national day of prayer canceled". There are a lot of sites that refute this rumor. It didn't happen. The current White House resident doesn't even have the power to cancel the unilaterally National Day of Prayer, because it was established by an Act of Congress. And I don't see why he'd waste time on such a thing anyway; he's too busy planning other, much more significant ways of damaging the USA.

AmericanVet said...

creeper said...

So not only is the claim that Obama canceled the National Day of Prayer completely and utterly false (even the article you linked to doesn't say so), but even if it were true, it wouldn't interfere one bit with anyone's freedom of worship.

More hysteria over nothing.

-- creeper

Hawkeye® said...

Read the article folks...

"Obama canceled the 2010 White House National Day of Prayer ceremony." It did not say he was canceling the National Day of Prayer altogether. Sheesh!

Chaos Engineer said...

OK, I see what happened.

President Obama didn't cancel the "National Day of Prayer". The article you quoted clearly says that he canceled the "White House National Day of Prayer Ceremony".

And I think that article got it wrong as well. He didn't "cancel" the White House ceremony; it looks more like he didn't schedule the 2009 or 2010 ceremonies in the first place.

This is like that children's game of "telephone". These stories get passed on from person to person and they get more and more outlandish over time.

You go on to say that President Obama canceled the day of prayer because he "doesn't give a rip about God". There's no evidence for that in the article at all and it sounds like it's just petty gossip that someone made up out of jealousy.

There are lots of other possible reasons for not wanting to have the White House ceremony. The article lists one: Concerns about Church-State separation. (That's a good reason if you stop to think about it. Do we really need a bunch of government bureaucrats telling us when to pray? What's next? Will they make us submit a 1099 form to the IRS whenever one of our prayers is granted?)

Another possible reason is that President Obama is following the teachings of Jesus in regards to public prayer: "And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward."

Anyway, it's hard to say what the real reason is. I'm not entirely sure that it's even any of our business.

radar said...

Naturally he cannot cancel the Day of Prayer for those who pray, he is not the Brain Police. By cancelling the White House ceremony he is backing away from faith. I will try real hard not to get hysterical.

creeper said...


"Read the article folks...

"Obama canceled the 2010 White House National Day of Prayer ceremony." It did not say he was canceling the National Day of Prayer altogether. Sheesh!"

By "folks", you mean Radar, right? 'Cos I think everyone else already got that.

-- creeper

creeper said...

"By cancelling the White House ceremony he is backing away from faith."

Not really. For all you know he prays at the appropriate times, and as Chaos Engineer pointed out, that's not really anybody's business.

I'm not sure I understand why a "National Day of Prayer" instituted by the federal government should appeal to any libertarian types who go on and on about how the federal government should keep out of just about everything. Surely that is not a federal nor even a state matter, barely even a local one. It's quite simply a private matter.

"I will try real hard not to get hysterical."

That would be awesome.

-- creeper

radar said...

Read your Constitution! This Judge Crabb who ruled National Day of Prayer obviously has not!

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Guess what? The Founding Fathers, upon ratifying the 1st Amendment? They declared a National Day of Prayer?!

creeper said...


I thought you were going to try not to get hysterical.

You appear to be the victim of a simple logic fail. Not having a National Day of Prayer is not prohibiting the free exercise of religion in any way whatsoever. You're free to pray every waking hour to your heart's content. You don't need the federal government to establish a National Day of Prayer for that.

On the other hand, Congress establishing a National Day of Prayer certainly seems like a case of "respecting an establishment of religion".

So enjoy praying as much as you want. Nobody's stopping you.

-- creeper

creeper said...


Not only did Obama not cancel the National Day of Prayer (which I hope you've understood by now), you may be interested (and perhaps pleased) to hear that Obama actually defended it.

From Wikipedia:

"In 2008, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, on October 3, 2008 sued President George W. Bush, Jim Doyle, Shirley Dobson, chair, National Day of Prayer Task Force, and White House Press Secretary Dana Perino at a Madison, Wisconsin, federal court, challenging the federal law designating the National Day of Prayer.[14][15] The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is defending Shirley Dobson and the National Day of Prayer Task Force. The Obama administration asked U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to dismiss the case in March 2009. The administration argued the group has no legal standing to sue and that the tradition of the National Day of Prayer dated back to 1775.[16] The suit was then amended to include President Obama and Press Secretary Gibbs."

Maybe you can take that on board, your raving Obama Derangement Syndrome notwithstanding.

-- creeper