An April 2009 issue of Newsweek arrogantly pronounced “the end of Christian America.” But the magazine was wrong.
Today, the majority of Americans still identify ourselves as Christians (76%). Non-Christian religions (including Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and others) collectively make up only 4% of the adult population, while 15% of Americans are agnostics or atheists with no religious affiliation.
Despite that, a week ago on April 15, 2010, a federal district court in Wisconsin ruled the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional because it allegedly violates the First Amendment’s establishment clause, which says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb, appointed by Jimmy Carter, issued the decision in a case filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based atheist and agnostic group that challenged the constitutionality of a 1988 federal law. The law gives the president the authority to designate the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer. (H/t Tom in NC)
May God have mercy on America.
Not having a National Day of Prayer makes it even more pressing than ever that Americans pray as individuals. To that end, beloved FellowshipOfMinds member Angry White Woman sends us this message:
The Lord’s Prayer, please take the time to view. Volume up…… please take a moment from your busy day to listen to this prayer for our nation.
Alas, this is not in a format that I can post on this blog. The best I can do is to give you the link for you to go see and hear for yourself. CLICK HERE