This was a call in 1775 by the First Continental Congress when they called for "a day of publick humiliation, fasting, and prayer." Apparently, our Founders saw a national day of prayer as a fitting observance even if the present day naysayers do not.
The leftwing, their media cohorts and so called “progressives” made a big deal over the National Day of Prayer recently. It would seem that they believe that somehow a Day of Prayer for this Nation is a vile thing and according to the leftist and their “living constitution” totally illegal and in violation of the “Separate of Church and State”. Of course there is no “Separation of Church and State as the leftist wish to describe it. The real meaning as set forth by the founders was set forth in Amendment I of our Bill of Rights: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." In other words, Congress may not mandate that a particular religion be nationalized, and others be prohibited. Regardless of this, the leftist courts even went so far as to declare the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional, as it is "an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function." (U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb -- a 1979 Jimmy Carter nominee)
The fact that they leftist used the Separation of Church and State showed that they were only using the Day of Prayer to further their agenda of a Godless nation. It is easy for them to hide their agenda behind a small thing like the Day of Prayer rather than attacking Constitution directly.
To the leftist their agenda means, No God, in any form in any part of the government, which trickles down to schools, community events and even NASCAR pre-race events. Of course those who watch NASCAR know that they have ignored the leftist and offer a prayer for safety and even , in horrors to the leftist, evoke the name of Jesus Christ in many cases. Many of the leftist think racing is a waste of gasoline and a “horrid pollutant” to the atmosphere which absolutely without a doubt contributes to Global Warming. (now change to Climate Change since there is no real facts to back Global Warming)
The leftist , through the courts would amend our Constitution by judicial diktat in full disregard for the constitutional prescription for amendment in Article 5 of the Constitution. But then they think that the Constitution and Rule of Law is outdated and should be replaced by their “new living constitution” which can be interpreted in any manner on any matter as long as it suits their agenda.
In 1952, Congress established the National Day of Prayer as an annual event by a joint resolution, signed into law by President Harry Truman. The NDP designation (36 U.S.C. § 119) calls for the nation "to turn to God in prayer and meditation."
James Madison followed this tradition, but wrote, "I was always careful to make the Proclamations absolutely indiscriminate, and merely recommendatory; or rather mere designations of a day, on which all who thought proper might unite in consecrating it to religious purposes, according to their own faith & forms. In this sense, I presume you reserve to the Govt. a right to appoint particular days for religious worship throughout the State, without any penal sanction enforcing the worship."
The Founders were greatly and rightly suspect of any encroachment by government upon religious freedom, and codified that proscription in Amendment I of our Bill of Rights: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."In other words, Congress may not mandate that a particular religion be nationalized, and others be prohibited.
So what does this tell us about the leftist.
One, it tells us that they know nothing or totally ignore history. Well, nothing real new since we already know that in their agenda revising history is a top priority. They do not wish that people be allowed to be educated on how this country was founded much less any knowledge of the thoughts of the founders and signers of the Constitution. If people become educated to these facts and understand them, then they will object to the leftist agenda and will recognize the back door attacks on the Constitution such as occurred with the objection to the Day of Prayer.
Second, it tells us that they wish to remove all references to God from the government and all other forums. We have seen this evidenced in the attacks on school prayer, prayers at football games, prayers at military functions and in the military itself, the wording on our currency, the posting of the Ten Commandments and more. The beginning of such attacks was when Madalyn Murray O'Hair was one of the litigants in the case of Murray vs. Curlett, which led the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 1963 decision, to ban organized prayer in public schools. Anyone who has lived through this period can offer testimony that not only has our education system gone down hill but society in general. We the people allowed one woman to change the course of an entire nation.
Third it should tell us that we need to be very aware of all that the leftist are doing for just as they have attacked the Constitution through their attack on the National Day of Prayer, they will find subtle ways to re-write the greatest document of the free world and make it nothing more than a leftist manifesto to be used and interpreted as they wish. Afterwards all the freedoms that this nation’s people have fought, bled and died for will disappear. The enemy is a silent one and seeks to destroy and kill any vestige of what this great nation has stood for over the past 250 years.
The leftist agenda is dangerous if not evil in its intent. We know that evil loves darkness, secrecy, subterfuge, and lies. This is evidenced in the manner in which many of the bills before the Congress were not allowed true debate, were presented in a deceptive manner and were of course passed in the middle of the night (darkness if you will). We who understand the ways of the leftist need to constantly seek to educate those who are uninformed, totally ignorant and those who are just so gullible that they believe anything that they are told, especially if it has the words “free, your right, your entitlement” attached. If we fail, the leftist win and all the freedoms will be gone.
Thomas Jefferson proclaimed, "The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time. ... Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever."
Men such as
**I wish to thank Mark Alexander for the quotes of the great men who understood what prayer meant to a nation.