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Friday, April 16, 2010



Funny how those institutions purporting to be based on freedom and tolerance (Freedom from Religion Foundation) are the most intolerant and destructive.

I wonder if only a nation that has afforded such freedom, opportunity and wealth to so many can afford itself this degree of absurdity in its politics. I think that people less fortunate would find the seriousness we allow such trivialities to be bizarre.

Poverty, slavery, prejudice and hardship as understood by most of the world's population are inconceivable by most Americans.

Hobbes described the natural state of mankind as a "war of every man against every man".

My fear is that too many Americans don't realize that we risk losing the "city on the hill", the beacon of freedom and liberty to the WORLD through our own self indulgence.

A Christian

It bears emphasizing that a conclusion that the establishment clause prohibits the government from endorsing a religious exercise is not a judgment on the value of prayer or the millions of Americans who believe in its power. No one can doubt the important role that prayer plays in the spiritual life of a believer. In the best of times, people may pray as a way of expressing joy and thanks; during times of grief, many find that prayer provides comfort. Others may pray to give praise, seek forgiveness, ask for guidance or find the truth. "And perhaps it is not too much to say that since the beginning of th[e] history [of humans] many people have devoutly believed that 'More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.'" Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421, 433 (1962). However, recognizing the importance of prayer to many people does not mean that the government may enact a statute in support of it, any more than the government may encourage citizens to fast during the month of Ramadan, attend a synagogue, purify themselves in a sweat lodge or practice rune magic. In fact, it is because the nature of prayer is so personal and can have such a powerful effect on a community that the government may not use its authority to try to influence an individual's decision whether and when to pray.


A.C.: I see no reason why government cannot recognize and honor prayer by a national day of prayer. Even if may be said to "encourage" prayer, so what? This neither prevents nor compels religious acts. Whatever damage it might do in speculation, striking it down does as much to politicize religion than any mere proclamation.


President Obama has decided that there will no longer be a "National day of prayer" held in May. He doesn't want to offend anybody. Where was his concern about offending Christians last January when he allowed Muslims to hold a day of prayer on the Capitol grounds. As a Christian American "I am offended." If you agree copy/paste no matter what religion u r this country was built on freedom of religion!

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