A federal court ruled last month that a National Day of Prayer in our country is legal. The law calling for an annual National Day of Prayer imposes solely on the duties of the U.S. president, leaving private citizens no legal standing to challenge it, according to an appeals court. The unanimous decision overturns a 2010 lower court ruling that found the law to be unconstitutional.
The panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit described the Presidential proclamations that follow the law as requests, not commands of the public. “Those who do not agree with a President’s statement may speak in opposition to it; they are not entitled to silence the speech of which they disapprove,” the court said. The Freedom from Religion Foundation, which had argued that the proclamation violates the Constitution’s prohibition of an official “establishment” of religion, challenged the law. The group plans to ask for a rehearing by the Court’s full panel of judges. The ruling came weeks before a National Day of Prayer was to be held on May 5th. This special day will now be observed, which in my opinion, is a good thing for the United States of America. There has never been a time when prayer for our nation was more urgently needed!
Source: USA Today
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