This Thursday is the 52nd Annual National Day of Prayer.It does get worse. Really, they even tell what posture is proper for praying. Read it for yourself.
You're thinking, 'Surely that can't be a government-sanctioned holiday, right? That must be a Hallmark Holiday or something some Church came up with to promote religion, right?' Sadly, no.
The National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event by an act of Congress in 1952, and was signed into law by President Truman. In 1988, Ronald Reagan amended the law to establish its celebration on the first Thursday in May.
You're thinking, 'No way. We have a separation of Church and State in this country. Congress can't make a law respecting the establishment of religion, and designating a National Day of Prayer would do exactly that! That would be unconstitutional. You must be making that up as some sort of strange joke, right?' Sadly, no.
This year, President Bush's proclamation reads, in part:
The Congress, by Public Law 100-307, as amended, has called on our citizens to reaffirm the role of prayer in our society by recognizing annually a 'National Day of Prayer.'
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2004, as a National Day of Prayer. I ask the citizens of our Nation to give thanks, each according to his or her own faith, for the freedoms and blessings we have received and for God's continued guidance and protection. I also urge all Americans to join in observing this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
The President asks that you give thanks, according to your own faith, for God's guidance and protection. Your own faith. God's guidance and protection. I guess your own faith is okay, as long as it has a God.
Oh, and Jesus, too. God, and Jesus. According to the National Day of Prayer website, "Prayer is opening your life to Jesus." Forget that other stuff about your own faith. There must be God and Jesus. It can still be your own faith, I guess. But make sure it includes God and Jesus. Come on, it's a Government sanctioned National Day of Prayer. You want to be a team player, right? You call yourself an American? America is praying to God and Jesus."