“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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