Thursday, May 6, 2010

National Day of Prayer

Today is the day (the first Thursday in May) when we lift our country and its leaders in prayer as a nation.

History of the National Day of Prayer

Controversy surrounding the National Day of Prayer

Official National Day of Prayer website

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Throughout our history, whether in times of great joy and thanksgiving, or in times of great challenge and uncertainty, Americans have turned to prayer. In prayer, we have expressed gratitude and humility, sought guidance and forgiveness, and received inspiration and assistance, both in good times and in bad.

On this day, let us give thanks for the many blessings God has bestowed upon our Nation. Let us rejoice for the blessing of freedom both to believe and to live our beliefs, and for the many other freedoms and opportunities that bring us together as one Nation. Let us ask for wisdom, compassion, and discernment of justice as we address the great challenges of our time.

We are blessed to live in a Nation that counts freedom of conscience and free exercise of religion among its most fundamental principles, thereby ensuring that all people of goodwill may hold and practice their beliefs according to the dictates of their consciences. Prayer has been a sustaining way for many Americans of diverse faiths to express their most cherished beliefs, and thus we have long deemed it fitting and proper to publicly recognize the importance of prayer on this day across the Nation.

Let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those suffering from natural disasters in Haiti, Chile, and elsewhere, and the people from those countries and from around the world who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to render aid. Let us pray for the families of the West Virginia miners, and the people of Poland who so recently and unexpectedly lost many of their beloved leaders. Let us pray for the safety and success of those who have left home to serve in our Armed Forces, putting their lives at risk in order to make the world a safer place. As we remember them, let us not forget their families and the substantial sacrifices that they make every day. Let us remember the unsung heroes who struggle to build their communities, raise their families, and help their neighbors, for they are the wellspring of our greatness. Finally, let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those people everywhere who join us in the aspiration for a world that is just, peaceful, free, and respectful of the dignity of every human being.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2010, as a National Day of Prayer. I call upon the citizens of our Nation to pray, or otherwise give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I invite all people of faith to join me in asking for God’s continued guidance, grace, and protection as we meet the challenges before us.

Today IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

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paul mitchell said...

You wait for three weeks to post and you bring in this lame attempt and change of opinion from Barry Obama?

Dangit, this is unhelpful. You should instead post on how many times Obama's Justice Department tried to get the judicial opinion that Obama calling for this HISTORICAL day of prayer was unconstitutional. Good thing that they were unsuccessful to get their REAL ideology in the record as a precedent.

(In a weird turn of events, my word verification is "spooksho." What kind of racist outfit are you running?)

Coffee Bean said...

Hey Paul,

I reprinted the presidential proclamation to show that even with the ruling in Wisconsin that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional, President Obama still issued this statement.

The fact is that Obama did not host a NDP event at the White House last year as had become the tradition of the Bush Administration during each of the previous 8 years. To be fair, Reagan and H.W. Bush each only hosted one National Day of Prayer at the White House each during their terms. Clinton held none.

There has been a National Day of Prayer proclaimed by each president each year since 1952 when Truman signed a bill stating that all succeeding presidents must do so. Prior to that time there are two dates in our history where the nation was called to prayer... The Continental Congress on July, 20, 1775, and by John Adams on May 9, 1798, during the Quasi-War with France.

I'm not a lawyer but I wonder if a sitting president were to not proclaim a day of National Prayer with the action Truman took still on the books would have any consequence. Yes, there was a ruling in Wisconsin, but what affect, if any, does that have on this? None, I would think. AND the case is now on appeal anyway.

What do you think?

paul mitchell said...

I think that Obama needs to resign TODAY and give Joe Biden a chance at being president. It is impossible that even Doddering Joe could do a worse job. That'll teach us to elect someone that no one had ever heard of before 2004.

Rick said...

I got a little political with my latest doodle.

Anonymous said...

God does not hear the prayers of those who do not truly believe in Him. YOU people put YOURSELF at the center of your "religon" and constantly spout "Me, me me!" and I would not count on God hearing your prayers. And yes, I DO believe Judgment Day is coming for real, very soon.

Steve Ballmer said...

Nice blogging my friend!