Friday, April 16, 2010

National Day of Prayer Ruled Unconstitutional

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Judge Barbara Crab ruled yesterday that the law specifying the annual establishment of a national day of prayer, "goes beyond 'mere' acknowledgement of religion because it's sole purpose is to encourage all citizens to engage in prayer, an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function."

As you know, the 2010 National Day of Prayer is scheduled in May. Certainly people of faith do not need a Presidential proclamation in order to pray, however this speaks much about the forces that seek to destroy this country from within.

Traditionally, our country has turned to national prayer in times of difficulty, as lately as September 11, 2001. At a time when our country is facing difficulties on many fronts, one would hope we would have the wisdom to once again turn to a national expression of prayer.

I am reminded that it has been said that "NERO fiddled while Rome burned."

While it has also been said that Nero fiddling while Rome burned was merely folklore, Suetonius and Cassius Dio said that Nero actually sang, "Sack of IIium" in stage costume while the city burned.

"Sack of IIium" is a lost epic of ancient Greek literature which told the story of the Trojan War in epic verse. The work begins with the Trojans discussing what to do with the wooden Trojan Horse that was left behind after the massacre.

Patrick Henry once said, "When people forget God, tyrants forge their chains."

God help us.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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  1. It's to the president's credit that he still intends to recognize the Day of Prayer. I may not like the guy, but he's doing the right thing here.

  2. I hope Joel is right. Other wise, it would be great if each of us spoke up, and let it be known that it's important to us, as a Christian nation, to stay in touch with our creator, who is the ONE we give credit to for our wonderful, free country. IN GOD WE TRUST! Remember?!

  3. One of these days some judge will rule that both the Declaration of Independce and the US Constitution will be unconstitutional. Sounds silly, but this is these folks thinking.

  4. Here's something I didn't know until today when I looked up the word "congregation".

    Did you know that the settlements, towns, or parishes in the colonies of New England (where Congregationalism was established) were known as "congregations"?

    I didn't know that.

    Congregation is an interesting word. One of it's definitions speaks of the members of a particular place of worship.

    (Zion?...for they were likely citizens of the city above.)

  5. So now I wonder how this works...

    Does this mean that by this new "rule", that Memorial Day is now unconstitutional because it goes beyond merely acknowledging the sacrifice of so many selfless service men and women who...

    See Proverbs 23:29-35, for it's as though they tarried long at the wine and fell asleep in the rigging of the ship only to return to it again.

    Or, read of the Pilgrims who had to go through the Enchanted Ground. (The Pilgrim's Progress)

    It seems as though so many are just before the Land of Beulah.
    (Isaiah 62:4)

    Isn't this a sign of our times?

    Let's hold fast. (I Thess 5:21, II Timothy 1:13, Titus 1:9)

    Let's also remember the constitution. I believe it to be a wonderful gift we have received of God. It's still pretty good. It will still work well for a nation if they will hold to it with all good sense and prudence.

  6. Romans 8:5
    For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

    May God bless this nation this November and remember us in all our voting.

  7. The Law by Fredrick Bastiat begins:

    The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!

    And so it is?

    If congress were to pass a law prohibiting prayer in school would it not violate that part of the first amendment which reads:

    "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

    Of course it would.

    Article 1 Section 1 of the US Constitution reads:
    "All legislative power granted herein belongs to a congress consisiting of a house of representatives and a senate."

    In as much as ALL legislative power belongs to congress there is NO legislative power anywhere else. The courts simply do not have the authority to ban prayer.

    Do we have free speech?
    Does it matter who we talk to?
    Prayer is speech to God.
    What if you believe that there is no God? Then assume that I am talking to an immaginary friend.

    How can anyone ban prayer and not infringe upon freedom of speech?

    It simply cannot be done.

    Only congress can pass a law. The President can't do it. The Supreme Court can't do it. The first amendment prohibits congress from touching religion. A law prohibiting prayer in school simply cannot exist.

    What would they charge you with? They would have to prosecute for not breaking the law or breaking a not-law.

    I will give $1,000 to anyone who can find the word "Church" or the word "Separation" in the constitution separately let alone together. (Supreme court rulings don't count.) The words simply do not appear in the document.

    The first amendment was intended to protect religion. The courts are now using it to violate our religious freedom.

    PRS in FW

  8. I remember a prayer when I was in school. It's the only one I can remember. People have told me that it couldn't have happened because it was illegal. But I was there. I do remember.

    I was in the 7th or 8th grade. I believe the year was..either '68 or '69. It was Veteran's Day. We met in a morning meeting in the gymnasium.

    There were several WWI Veterans there an a few WWII Veterans also.
    They were members of the VFW.

    One of the WWI Vets, a very old man to us who were so young, prayed a slow prayer.

    I don't know if he knew that prayer had been banned or not. It seemed he didn't care. He was just being himself. Maybe he had one last battle to fight. I don't know, but he prayed.

    Nobody stopped him. We all watched him pray. Some of us bowed our heads and prayed with him.

    Who's going to tell an old WWI Vet to not pray? Nobody I know.

    It's sad when a school is told that they can not pray at their gatherings.

    I remember "moments of silence" for a minute or so, so that those who would like to pray silently may do so while the rest remain silent in respect of some tragedy.

    We were not told to pray. We were not told that we may pray. I just knew that I could pray during a moment of silence.

    I think it's crazy for a judge to determine that encouraging prayer is to undermine the constitution.

    I believe the truth is the other way around and it's time to say so. I'm glad people are doing so.

    When a prayer is good, isn't it like fresh air enters into an otherwise stuffy room? I think it helps wake up sleepy students, bringing in some well needed oxygen or some other life sustaining substance from heaven.

    Maybe that's what people are afraid of. I think it's silly.

  9. No one is banning prayer. You are free to pray as much as you like. The court simply said that our government has no business participating.


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