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Judge Barbara Crabb's ruling on the constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer dealt with the federal government's promotion of prayer.  The federal law designating a National Day of Prayer and requiring a National Day of prayer proclamation by the president violates the establishment clause of the Constitution's First Amendment.  The judge observed that,  "The same law that prohibits the government from declaring a National Day of Prayer also prohibits it from declaring a National Day of Blasphemy."

This has nothing to do with banning prayer or banning religious groups from gathering for public prayer.

That doesn't matter to the Christian martyrs who are bent on distorting the truth in order to convince their gullible followers that Christian freedoms are under attack.

According to a press release issued by GodTV:

GOD TV founders, Rory & Wendy Alec have joined the call to save the National Day of Prayer (NDP) and will be broadcasting the Washington, D.C. event LIVE on GOD TV this week. The high profile annual event is at risk since April 15, when a US Judge ruled that it was unconstitutional, and the Day is now being challenged in court.

GOD TV will air the 59th Annual Observance of the NDP LIVE on Thursday May 6 at 9am (EST) and replay it in prime time viewing on Sunday May 9 at 10.30am and 6pm. Hosted by NDP Task Force Chairman, Shirley Dobson, the three-hour broadcast will include an address by Evangelist Franklin Graham, the Task Force's Honorary Chairman.
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"Unfortunately, the heritage of prayer in our nation has come under unrelenting assault," said Shirley Dobson. "The National Day of Prayer dates back to 1775 and it is not for a judge to take away. We the people called for the day of prayer and for 59 years we have practiced our freedom to gather and pray. It is time to say, 'Enough is enough'. We ask the American people to defend the right to pray. We can be silent no more."

The National Day of Prayer does not need "saving."  Even if President Obama had not signed the proclamation for the National Day of Prayer Day this year (which he in fact signed because the case is under appeal), people could still gather for a National Day of Prayer if they wanted to.

The factual record in the court case clearly demonstrates, Mrs. Dobson is misconstruing history.  Furthermore, the court ruling does not prohibit any type of prayer gathering.  Mrs. Dobson can organize national prayer day events 365 days a year — there is nothing stopping her.  The only thing lacking is a presidential proclamation supporting her cause.  Presidents have been issuing proclamations about the National Day of Prayer since 1952.  The event itself was inspired by Billy Graham.

Text of the entire court ruling can be viewed here (PDF file).

About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
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