The “Freedom from Religion Foundation” attempt to force their views onto everyone else crashes and burns in a spectacular fireball; the National Day of Prayer began in the 1950’s (so it’s a recent effort by atheists to squash it), and the law roughly reads:
The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.
The Freedom From Religion people didn’t like this, and sued the President as they felt it established a religion (of course, they never said which one, so it seems their point is quite vague, but we’ll move on).
The court in rejecting their complaint provided a simple and obvious reason: they weren’t injured by the proclamation, as the court ruled:
Section 119 imposes duties on the President alone. It does not require any private person to do anything—or for that matter to take any action in response to whatever the President proclaims. If anyone suffers injury, therefore, that person is the President, who is not complaining.
Smack! That’s going to leave a mark.
Later in the ruling, we see the real problem the atheists had:
Plaintiffs contend that they are injured because they feel excluded, or made unwelcome…
So they sued because they’re sad — let’s all send them a Hallmark card.
Of course, they can pray and be included if they wish, but nobody forces them (or anyone else) to participate if they do not wish to do so, as the court noted “hurt feelings differ from legal injury”. Perhaps the Foundation should review The First Amendment before filing another lawsuit.
Some groups attempt to rewrite history, forcing their views on everyone in the country. If you don’t want to participate in the National Day of Prayer, don’t. It’s no different when the President asks for people to donate to the Red Cross after a disaster. If you don’t want to donate, fine, but don’t throw a temper tantrum about it.
The country was founded on Christian principles as anyone reading historical documents and/or court decisions immediately recognizes. Atheists are certainly welcome, but aren’t welcome to change history because of their fear of God. Perhaps the following will assist in their research:
As George Washington said:
WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and
WHEREAS both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”
NOW, THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed…
The Founders clearly didn’t have a problem with such things, and since they’re the ones who wrote the Constitution, they should know what it meant. The atheist assault on God is a recent invention, brought by those seeking to change history (shall we call them history-deniers?).
As we’ve noted before:
Of course, since atheism itself is illogical, we shouldn’t be surprised if atheists express a lack of critical thinking skills and logic in other areas as well, as their foundational dogma is as absurd as claiming the moon is made of cheese.
If atheists what to begin a conversation about eliminating religion from society to match their personal faith, that’s one thing. But denying history only makes them look silly.