National Day of Prayer Under Attack

by CJFosdick on May 4, 2011

Carolyn J. Fosdick©2011
Atheists are somewhat like termites. Termites invade your basement, often un-noticed and start devouring the wooden uprights that holds the house up. Atheists in much of the same way, invade the Christian Churches and start vociferous gobbling away at the basic structures supporting this religion. Like termites, the atheists often are not even noticed until their damage is done. Termite damage can be stopped before they can do their harm. A termite colony with 60,000 termites can eat only about 1/5 of an ounce of wood a day. That is why they can cause the destruction they do without being noticed. They chomp away day after day, week after week undetected until the damage is done. A handful of atheists keep nibbling away not noticed, and then before we know it, they have taken away another of our religious freedoms. But termites can be stopped before they do their harm. Call the Orkin Man.

Remember Madeline O’Hare back in the 1960’s who challenged prayer in public schools? After a long fight of legal battles, O’Hare won. Following that win, and under attack for years, has been the following: Taking out the words, “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, Taking the words, “In God We Trust” off our money, purging the Ten Commandments from being displayed in public, and stopping the traditional religious Baccalaureate Service from graduation ceremonies. These are only a few examples. So it has gone as one after another religious tenet has been stripped from our lives. One current atheist attack is taking place on our National Day of Prayer by an atheist group called “The Freedom from Religion Foundation”, an atheist and agnostic organization.

The history of the National Day of Prayer goes back to America’s beginnings. Because many of our founding fathers were religious, national prayer days have been a vital part of our American heritage. The first call to national pray was in 1775, when Patriots were asked to “pray for wisdom in forming a new nation”. The call to prayer has lasted throughout our history. President Lincoln proclaimed a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer in 1863 for help from God in the Civil War.  In 1952, Congress passed a bipartisan resolution signed by President Truman to have a national day of prayer every year. This year event has become an American tradition. In 1988, Ronald Reagan signed into law that the National Day of Prayer would be the first Thursday of May each year. On this day, the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation in churches, groups and as individuals. Notice, it says “may”, not something like “must” or “have to” or even “should”. Big difference!

This day of prayer has great significance for our nation. It lets us recall and teach the way our founding fathers sought wisdom from the Lord. It is a call for all of us to petition God for guidance for our leaders and for us personally. We decide; the government makes this an opportunity if we want, not that we have to take part. Again, a big difference. The National Day of Prayer is as important to our nation today as it was in the beginning of our country. It is observed annually across the nation. It unites all Americans from all socio-economic, political, and ethnic backgrounds in prayers for our nation. Last year it is estimated that more than two million people attended more than 30,000 observances organized by 40,000 volunteers in state capitals, courthouses, city halls, schools, businesses, churches, and homes. This day belongs to all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, that bonds us together as Americans in a common cause. It is a day when we go before our Lord together asking for wisdom and  His blessings on America. There is no greater force than the power of prayer.*
Enter the Atheist group, Freedom from Religion. This non-profit foundation is the nation’s largest group of atheists, agnostics, and skeptics, with over 16,400 members. It works to promote separation of church and state and has been active since at least 1978, claiming they have acted on “countless” violations of church and state and have won “many” important lawsuits. Such vague words as “countless” and “many” are quite open to interpretation, but make no mistake, this is a dangerous group. Senior federal judge, Barbara Crabb, decided in April 15, 2010 that Congress may no longer declare a National Day of Prayer than it can “encourage citizens to fast during the month of Ramadan, attend a synagogue, purify themselves in a sweat lodge, or practice rune magic…It is because of the nature of prayer is so personal and may have a powerful effect on a community that the government may not use its authority to try to influence any individual’s decision whether and when to pray.”** Notice the carefully used word, “may”.
President Obama has vowed to fight this decision, Congress has acted, and the 2011 National Day of Prayer has been scheduled for May 5, 2011. So the fight is on, the scruddy little horde of termites threatening to eat out the Religious Foundations in America. The “Orkin Man” called the American people is the only way to stop the horde in its tracks. It can be done, people, but not if we sit back and don’t do our share.
One main reason why the Freedom from Religion group has had the success it has, other than the obvious use of liberal judges making laws through the courts, is an apathetic and/or uninformed public. According to Mrs. Shirley Dobson, National Day of Prayer Chairman, says, “We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. I feel if we do not become involved and support the annual day of prayer, we could end up forfeiting The National Day of Prayer, too.”*
The group to contact if you want to get involved is Faith and the Family who is collecting donations to fight the Freedom from Religion group, Mike Huckabee in charge. Contact him or the group with your support. Equally important to money donations are donations of your time. Below is a letter you can send to your newspaper for publication. I made it 300 words long, so it will be accepted by most newspapers. Call your Congress members and Senators, both state and Federal. Contact your churches, inform others, raise as much of a ruckus as you can. Don’t let a handful of haters take from us, the majority of Americans, who believe.

Go with God as you work towards saving this very important American tradition —
The National Day of Prayer.

*http://nationaldaofprayer.org/about/history 88Stop the National Day of Prayer.

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Daniel June 4, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Was “Under God” Originally written in the Pledge of Allegiance? No.

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892.
The Man who wrote it Francis Bellamy died in 1931.
In 1954 not too long ago “Under God” was added.

“In God We Trust” was added to coins since 1864.
was added to paper currency since 1957.

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CJFosdick June 17, 2011 at 11:08 am

So. 1954 was close to sixty years ago, which to my mind is not just a short time ago. Time is relative. Sixty years of tradition is more than a lifetime to many people living today. Why should these traditions be stripped from the 85% of American Christians by a handful of non-believers like you? Majority should rule in America.

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