On April 15th, US district judge Barbara Crabb, ruled the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. If you do not understand why we have a National Day of , since we are a country in which church and state are separate, you are not alone. The National Day of Prayer was signed into law in 1950 by President Truman as a byproduct of anticommunist. I have to admit that I am not the most religious person, but I did go to Catholic school for 12 years. I have seen the effect prayer can have on someone. I understand people pray during difficult times. I understand that pray brings people together. I have no problem with people praying. What I have a problem with is people complaining that they do not have specific day of prayer anymore. If you are a religious person in any which way do you really need a National Day of Prayer? Shouldn’t everyday be a day of prayer for those religious types?
In Matthew 6:6 it says, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly”.
To those who believe in a God, he/she does not need you to pray in public. He/she wants you to simply pray because you believe, not to prove to others you believe. To those on the religious-right, if you are that religious you shouldn’t need a day of pray. To Sarah Palin, who said, “Lest anyone try to convince you that God should be separated from the state, our founding fathers, they were believers”. If I remember correctly the Constitution explicitly says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” There are many more problems in our country, more profound problems in our country, than the National Day of Prayer being found unconstitutional. Let us focus on those profound problems, not something, many have no idea exist.