The very small (just over 16,000 total members according to their WEBSITE) left wingnut activist group FREEDOM FROM RELIGION FOUNDATION is now seeking to eliminate the National Day of Prayer.  According to their own news RELEASE on their website, they filed for a rehearing in the Seventh Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals in their challenge of the National Day of Prayer.  The court ruled on April 14, 2011 that the FFRF had no standing to challenge the National Day of Prayer law.  So, of course, they are trying it again to force their agenda on the overwhelming majority of Americans who have no problem with it.  

The court was right to start with as it is entirely optional for us to participate in National Day of Prayer activities.  There is no coercion whatsoever.  Judge Barbara Crabb, who had ruled in favor of this group whose membership is smaller than many Facebook pages, said she found “undisputable evidence of the plaintiffs’ sense of exclusion and unwelcomeness, even inferiority, which they feel as a result of what they view as the Federal government’s attempt to encourage them to pray through a statute and a presidential proclamation.” Now that’s some serious snatching at straws.  With that reasoning, I could easily file a lawsuit challenging many Federal laws and court rulings resulting from the leftist agenda that create a “sense of exclusion and unwelcomeness” and “even inferiority”. 

The FFRF has filed two other lawsuits.  They filed a taxpayer dollar wasting lawsuit in Colorado challenging the governor’s National Day of Prayer proclamations.  They’re trying the same thing in Arizona to try to stop Arizona’s governor annual National Day of Prayer proclamation.  In these lawsuits, the FFRF needs to read the TENTH AMENDMENT to the Constitution.  Even if the courts rule in their favor, states are sovereign and cannot be forced by any branch of the Federal government to stop observing the National Day of Prayer or anything else.  Individual states can do it if they want to with the elected officials in each state being accountable to the citizens in each state for their actions.

There is nothing in the National Day of Prayer law that is unconstitutional  Period.  The law does not require participation by anyone nor does it require any type of recognition by any individual American citizen.  It does not even establish a national holiday like Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It would not surprise me if the FFRF filed a lawsuit challenging the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays if they are successful here.  Same principle according to their off-the-wall reasoning.  Federal law establishes both of these holidays.  Maybe that is their agenda by trying to get this set as a precedent.  Time will tell.


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