In April of this year, U.S. District Court Judge (Western Wisconsin District) ruled that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional, and equated the 1952 and 1988 laws establishing the Day of Prayer as federally mandated calls for religious action. In so deciding, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb wrote that the government can no more enact laws supporting a day of prayer than it can encourage citizens to fast during Ramadan, attend a synagogue or practice magic.

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Comment by T Andrew Klatt on July 23, 2010 at 5:08pm
Excellent piece! Well said. I would that given the 1st amendment protections enjoyed by all Americans it is not only unconsitutional, but unnecessary to involve congress any such "national day of prayer." Religious groups can declare such days all they want and promote them through the normal channels available. To have congress enact such laws is a deceitful attempt to promote a particular religious agenda.
Comment by The Big Blue Frog on July 23, 2010 at 4:48pm
Followup: Judge Crabb sent me a nice personal note of thanks. Whoot!
Comment by The Big Blue Frog on July 18, 2010 at 4:56pm
I think the original suit was against the Bush administration, but Obama has been Bush III on so many social progress issues. This one is no exception.
Comment by Pat on July 18, 2010 at 2:59pm
I read her entire written opinion and Court order.

Yes, you read the link correctly. The case was Freedom From Religion Foundation vs. President Obama and Press Secretary Gibbs. It is a clear, articulate, well reasoned, and well thought out opinion. What she actually said about the government not being able to enforce a law supporting prayer is, "The same law that prohibits the government from declaring a National Day of Prayer also prohibits it from declaring a National Day of Blasphemy." This is the part the tambourine banging, hand waving, Bible thumpers don't get. It protects them as much as it protects us.



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