The National Day of Prayer is held each year on the first Thursday in May. In 1952 Congress established the date and President Harry Truman signed it into law. Over the years, Presidents, along with other leaders from our government, religious leaders from across the spectrum, and members from industry have come together to pray for our country.
It was reported that Obama had cancelled this event several years ago, but that is incorrect. Obama has participated each year, but as the years go by, he makes reference to Christianity and God less and less. Each year, the President makes a proclamation declaring the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer.
The National Day of Prayer Task Force, a private group that is organizing this years event, has lined up speakers for this years event. Shirley Dobson, wife of James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, a christian advocacy group, is heading up the Congressional event. This years speakers include President Obama, both Dobsons, evangelist Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham, Vonette Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, and several members of Congress.
The theme for this years event is “One voice, united in prayer.” The National Day of Prayer Task Force was formed to promote the need to pray for the well being of America and to pray for the people in leadership positions in all government, churches, education and industry. It covers all religions. It is not a political event. Members of Congress from both parties take part. The group is not affiliated with any other groups. There is no one religion sponsoring the event.
The first day of prayer began in 1775, sponsored by the Continental Congress. It has been informally held ever since. Congress officially passed legislation in 1952, and Harry Truman signed the legislation designating the first Thursday in May as the official date. Other events are held across the country by local and state organizations.
For the past two decades, the event has been under attack from the atheists. First, they objected to the event being held in the White House. It now takes place in the Cannon Office Building. They also wanted all government employees to be barred from the event to show separation of church and state.
Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, is demanding the Defense Department withdraw support for the event. If military personnel plan to attend, they should be out of uniform. The military is ignoring the demands.
The atheists demand all religious symbols be removed from public places, military Chaplains refuse to mention Jesus Christ, Bibles removed from military religious services, and all mention of God be removed from military cemeteries. If the country does this, then we will be replacing Christianity with Atheistism. The symbol of the atheists is no symbol. We shouldn’t replace one symbol for another.