U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb of Wisconsin has ruled the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. I think that is appropriate - although the government can acknowledge that religion has played a part in this country's history, making a declaration of "OK - now EVERYBODY pray!" crosses that line that should exist between church and state.
Many religious may exclaim that the NDoP does not promote a single religion. That is true - it does not promote a single religion, but prayer in itself is (to paraphrase Jim Morrison) a petition to a lord. Whether that lord or higher being is jehova, zenu, the flying spaghetti monster, gaea, or buddha, the implications are that there is something out there. The government, by declaring "PRAY!", takes that stance, and that is unconstitutional.
As PZ says: Let the fireworks begin.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
National Day of Prayer = Unconstitutional
Labels: prayer, unconstitutional
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