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Ntional Day of Prayer

What is your opinion? Should it be held? How? On what scale?


Asked by BeaMoore at 11:00 PM on May. 4, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • "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."
    The president signing a proclamation doesn't really fall under this. But but I do not think that he has any place promoting pray as the figure head of our government. I have no problem with pray in public or private as long as no one is being forced to do it, but I don't think it is appropriate for him to sign any thing promoting a day of pray. Do we also get a day of ritual, or a day meditation, no that would offend the Christians. So why should I not be offend about a national day of pray.

    Answer by fireball1978 at 8:14 AM on May. 5, 2009

  • I think it is so needed for individuals and our country. It should happen more than once a year. I'm looking now for a prayer circle to join in. I don't know wny but I just need to pray intensely.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:03 PM on May. 4, 2009

  • Quote from American Atheist website:
    Amidst reports that the White House will not hold a special ceremony
    when President Obama declares the National Day of Prayer on Wednesday, an Atheist public policy group is still calling the holiday an unconstitutional promotion of religion.
    Under the Bush administration, there were lavish, official ceremonies to
    mark the presidential endorsement of NDOP. News stories, however, show
    that this year, President Obama may not host such an event even though
    he is expected to sign the Proclamation.
    Dr. Ed Buckner, President of American Atheists, charged that National
    Day of Prayer is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion, and
    increasingly divisive in a pluralistic, free society.
    "No government -- federal, state or local -- has any business
    encouraging Americans to pray, or tell

    Answer by BeaMoore at 11:07 PM on May. 4, 2009

  • cont. quote:or telling them when and how to exercise
    religious beliefs," said Buckner. "Doing so immediately excludes and
    marginalizes an estimated 15% of our population who 'have no religion.'
    That's nearly 45 million Americans, most of whom are patriotic,
    hard-working Americans."
    Dave Silverman, Communications Director for American Atheists, said that
    Mr. Obama would be right to not place too much emphasis on the
    Proclamation signing.
    "President Obama regularly acknowledges that Atheists and other
    nonbelievers are part of our American social landscape, and we thank him
    for that. We think it is appropriate that he spend his time dealing with
    complex economic, military and other political problems instead of
    volunteering as window dressing for the religious right which is behind
    the National Day of Prayer."

    Mr. Silverman added that NDOP is a "wedge issue" and is inappropriate in
    a free soci

    Answer by BeaMoore at 11:10 PM on May. 4, 2009

  • cont. quote: The decision to pray, or not pray, is best left to individuals.
    Government needs to get on with creating jobs, dealing with the budget
    deficit and other real problems and stop acting as a cheerleader for
    religious groups."

    AMERICAN ATHEISTS is a nationwide movement that defends civil rights for
    Atheists; works for the total separation of church and state; and
    addresses issues of First Amendment public policy

    Answer by BeaMoore at 11:10 PM on May. 4, 2009

  • oh the govt makes me sick.....

    It should be allowed like everything else!

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 11:11 PM on May. 4, 2009

  • To the OP are you actually asking a question or just preaching?

    Answer by teamquinn at 11:15 PM on May. 4, 2009

  • I don't see the problem with it. The people that want to pray will, and those who don't want to pray won't.

    Answer by deedee3849 at 11:25 PM on May. 4, 2009

  • i dont think the government should promote it. but if Obama or some other government official wants to partake in the day's activities i think thats fine. and the pres signs a ton of stuff all the time, how would this be forcing Athiests to do or acknowledge God in any way?

    i dont see why its any business of anyones if a buncha ppl want to get together on one day to pray. as long as they arent hurting anyone, how is it hurting Athiests for them to do this?

    Answer by okmanders at 11:28 PM on May. 4, 2009

  • I am just asking for opinions.

    Answer by BeaMoore at 11:30 PM on May. 4, 2009

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