And it's not just something people feel like doing for the sake of it. It's kind of an official holiday in which even the White House is involved.
Ruling won't stop National Day of Prayer this year
A federal judge declared the law unconstitutional last month, but the Justice Department is appealing the case on behalf of the White House.
U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb in Wisconsin ruled on April 15 that the 1952 law creating the National Day of Prayer violates the ban on government-backed religion.
"[I]ts sole purpose is to encourage all citizens to engage in prayer, an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function," Crabb wrote in the ruling. "In this instance, the government has taken sides on a matter that must be left to individual conscience."
Obama and his friends are totally free to pray whenever they want, but to do it in a ceremony involving other federal institutions is the government overstepping its boundaries.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...
Remember that? It doesn't say "or prohibiting the free exercise using our tax money"
But that won't matter when the objective is to pander to the religious majority.
Oh, and by the way, even if it is not stated that we are only talking about just one religion, some are not going to be happy when it comes to beliefs other than Christianity
Every person has the right to pray whenever and to whoever. Every person has the right to get together and do it together. But while doing it, remember that...
“Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray while standing in synagogues and on street corners so that people can see them. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:5-6).It's just 9 in the morning and I have already seen a couple of people with t shirts regarding the issue. Good thing I don't see scripture as infallible, otherwise, I should be telling them what a hypocrites they are.
Finally, one of the ads that Freedom From Religion Foundation plans to put on some buses: