Quote from American Atheist website:
"OBAMA PRAISED FOR DOWNPLAY OF PRAYER DAY: ATHEISTS STILL URGE GOVERNMENT
TO NOT PROMOTE FAITH
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
at 11:07 PM on May. 4, 2009