“Day of Prayer” Violates Church/State Separation

Who would have thought that a federal government declaring a “Day of Prayer” would violate a clause stating that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”. You learn something new everyday.

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin today ruled that the federal statute designating a yearly National Day of Prayer (36 U.S.C. § 119) violates the separation of church and state enshrined in the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

This is, of course, some real ‘good news’ for freethinkers and those that just don’t like their government getting mixed in with their religion. Prayer has no secular purpose whatsoever, so any government endorsement of it is most definitely an endorsement of religion.

This case was brought to court by the Freedom From Religion Foundation so, if you’re not already a member, consider giving them some support. They do good work.

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6 Comments on ““Day of Prayer” Violates Church/State Separation”


  1. thats the best news I’ve heard all week!!!!
    Kudos to Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-pres. of FfRF.


  2. Now we have to see if it will be overturned on appeal. They often are. The fucks!

  3. Benjamin David Steele Says:

    I’m glad to hear this.

    Some Christians argue that advocating prayer doesn’t advocate any particular religion and therefore it’s fine. The atheists and agnostics are rightly frustrated by this argument that dismisses them (16% of the population) as having any significance, but many others have reason to take offense.

    Not all religions are theistic. For many Buddhists, prayer has nothing to do with their religious practice. Why not force a day of meditation on all of the theists? And, for the atheists and agnostics, why not have a day of questioning and denying God’s existence?


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