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  • Reagan and the National Day of Prayer

    5/6/2010 2:28:35 PM Posted by Ana Lightle

    Last month, a U.S. District Judge ruled that the National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional as it violated the 1st Amendment establishment clause banning the creation of a "law respecting an establishment of religion" in the Constitution.

    Although the law formalizing its observance was enacted in 1952, national days of prayer have been called upon to unite the American people since 1775 and the Continental Congress. It is an important part of the history of this country.

    On this National Day of Prayer, I am reminded of President Reagan’s 1987 proclamation.

    He stated, “On our National Day of Prayer, then, we join together as people of many faiths to petition God to show us His mercy and His love, to heal our weariness and uphold our hope, that we might live ever mindful of His justice and thankful for His blessing.”

    Reagan further urged “…the citizens of this great nation to gather together on that day in homes and places of worship to pray, each after his or her own manner, for unity of hearts of all mankind.”


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