Educational Editorial: National Day of Prayer

By Dr. Bill Bosher, NBC12 Educational Specialist

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - This week we observed the National Day of Prayer. The Freedom From Religion Foundation continues to argue that it is unconstitutional. A Federal Appeals Court recently unanimously rejected this notion.

Let's look at the history and share it with our young people.

The Continental Congress called for a day of "fasting, humiliation, and prayer" to be recognized on July 29, 1775. President George Washington, our first President, noted that the Congress had set aside May 6 for the same purpose.

President John Adams set aside May 9, 1798, and President Abraham Lincoln called for such a day on March 30, 1863.

On April 17, 1952, President Truman signed into law a day to "turn to God in prayer and meditation."

In 1988, the law was amended to establish the National Day of Prayer to be observed on the first Thursday of May.

We should clearly protect against, as I believe Mr. Jefferson warned, from the public imposition of a faith. But he too fought for the right to freely exercise what we believe.

While there are many who will argue that the Constitution is dynamic, the classic natural rights are "life, liberty, and property."

Do we believe that our founding fathers were correct when they penned those words? Of course we do…and we fight to defend them.

In 1983, President Reagan said, "From General Washington's struggle at Valley Forge to the present, this Nation has fervently sought and received divine guidance as it pursued the course of history."

Washington, Adams, Lincoln, Truman, and Reagan all called for prayer. Do you think that they believed that it was unconstitutional…oh, some of them wrote it.

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