National Day of Prayer

May 7, 2009 at 10:14 am | Posted in civil rights, God machine | Leave a comment
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In contravention of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and the intent of the Founding Fathers, Congress created an official annual Prayer Day for the nation. Under pressure from the religious right, in 1988 Congress established the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer. The pungent odor of religious coercion wafts through the air on news that President Obama declined to hold an official event at the White House.

Thomas Jefferson--Third president of the United States / lithographed and published by H. Robinson, N.Y. & Washington, D.C.

Thomas Jefferson--Third president of the United States / lithographed and published by H. Robinson, N.Y. & Washington, D.C.

Thomas Jefferson: On Jan. 23, 1808, Jefferson replied to a minister named Samuel Miller who had asked him to issue a religious proclamation. Denying the request, Jefferson wrote, “I consider the government of the US. as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises.…. I do not believe it is for the interest of religion to invite the civil magistrate to direct its exercises, its discipline, or its doctrines; nor of the religious societies that the general government should be invested with the power of effecting any uniformity of time or matter among them. Fasting & prayer are religious exercises. The enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the times for these exercises, & the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and this right can never be safer than in their own hands, where the constitution has deposited it….[E]very one must act according to the dictates of his own reason, & mine tells me that civil powers alone have been given to the President of the US. and no authority to direct the religious exercises of his constituents.”

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