Christian attorneys who defend religious liberty are encouraging governors to recognize the annual day of prayer in spite of legal threats from atheist activists.
-- From "ADF encourages governors to ignore activist groups, observe 2011 National Day of Prayer" posted at Sonoran News (Arizona) 3/31/11
ADF [Alliance Defense Fund] attorneys note that the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly acknowledged that presidential proclamations of thanksgiving and prayer, including the NDOP, are part of our heritage, and in no way violate the Constitution.
“America’s founders participated in public prayer activities; public officials today should be able to do the same,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot. “Local observances of the National Day of Prayer are constitutional and appropriate, particularly since the event simply provides all Americans an opportunity to pray voluntarily according to their own faith – and does not promote any particular religion or form of religious observance.”
Historically, all 50 governors, along with U.S. presidents, have issued proclamations in honor of the National Day of Prayer.
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