Burlington,KY, November 20, 2011: The Petition to Repeal the statute, “National Day of Prayer” was created October 24, 2011 and addressed to: The President of the United States, The U.S. Senate, The U.S. House of Representatives, Legislative Branch, Executive Branch, Judicial Branch, U.S. Attorney General. In essence, The United States Government.
The National Day of Prayer is a violation of the Establishment Clause, and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The statute is also a violation of the Equal Rights Provision to the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. The National Day of Prayer Statute states:
"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."
- National Day of Prayer Statute (Title 36 United States Code Section 119)
The National Day of Prayer Task force, has fought to keep this statute alive, and would do everything in their power to prevent any other law to be put in its place, if it’s not of a Christian nature; which gives victory to religion over the citizens of the United States.
The National Day of Prayer, is discriminatory and should be quash, and have a more tolerant statute put in its place. If we let laws like this to be passed by our Government, then what’s to stop them from establishing other Laws, respecting religion. Our Legal System is built on a precedential system, and if we let these religion’s laws pass into Federal, State or Municipal Statute, we might as well start tearing up the United States Constitution. A nightmare to everyone whom wishes to keep their Civil Liberties. And definitely a nightmare for people who are hated by the Christian Right. Their ilk would call for the killing of anyone, not of their way, if given the chance to do so.
In August, 1999, Rev. Jack Harvey, Pastor of the Tabernacle Independent Baptist Church in Killeen, TX had allegedly arranged for at least one member of his church to carry a handgun during religious services, “Incase a warlock tries to grab one of our kids…I’ve heard they drink blood, and eat babies. They have fires, they probably cook them…” Rev. Harvey later stated that the United States Army should Napalm Witches. One of the demonstrators against Wiccans had a sign that stated, “Witchcraft is an abomination” on one side, and “Burn the Witches off Ft. Hood” on the other. This was in Killeen, TX; Ft. Hood is a large Army Base near Killeen, and a Wiccan Faith group is active there.
That same year, Conservative Christian Pastors occasionally called for a renewal of the Burning Times; and still do today. If we don’t fight for our freedoms, then we might as well tie ourselves to the stakes, and create our own hangman’s noose, because that’s what will happen if we keep allowing the Christian Right to institutionalize their Religion’s laws into our Government’s Statutes.
I’m not asking for anyone to be violent, or start a riot. I am calling all Pagans, Atheists, Homosexuals, Bisexuals, Trans-genders, Inter-genders, and anyone who is NOT a Christian, to fight side by side; to defend our freedoms of Religion, Choice, Expression, and all of our Freedoms, guaranteed to us by the United States Constitution.
Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case, County of Allegheny v. ACLU, in 1989 stated, “Some Christians may wish to see the government proclaim its allegiance to Christianity…but the Constitution does not permit the gratification of that desire, which would contradict the logic of secular liberty it is the purpose of the Establishment Clause to protect.”
The Petition Letter goes as followed:
To the Government of The United States of America,
The United States Government sanctioned the National Day of Prayer into Law 1952 by Harry S. Truman. The law was amended and signed by President Reagan 1988, designating the NDP as the first Thursday in May.
The problem with this, is that it recognizes only the Abrahamic/Judaic/Islamic Religions, and excludes the rest of the recognized religions within the Country; a Violation of Separation of Church and State and the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Then the Supreme Court rules it constitutional, when it is not.
According to National Day of Prayer website, they claim the day to bring all citizens together from all different backgrounds. But not all religions pray. Only those with a Christian Background do. So this day is not for all religions, it for Christians. This is Illegal since it was sanctioned by the government, and is a violation of our Freedom of Religion and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
If we want a day to recognize religion, it should be about Religious Tolerance, since that is one of the biggest problems we face here in America. A National Day of Religious Tolerance, would best fit the rights of every citizen of this country, and is NOT imposing nor restricting religion on anyone.
National Day of Religious Tolerance, is a day to observe everyone's and our own rights to adhere to any form of religion or none, to practice or abstain from practicing religious beliefs, and to be free from governmental interference with or promotion of religion.
Shirley Dobson, Chairman of the National Day of Prayer states, “We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. I feel if we do not become involved and support the annual National Day of Prayer, we could end up forfeiting this freedom, too.” Which is a blatant ignorance of the First Amendment, and is nothing more than an attempt to press for more Christian recognition and to stamp out other religions.
If we do not stand up and fight for our rights for Religious Tolerance, then our Rights will be taken from us, and we will have nobody to blame but ourselves. Fight the Fear, and put an end to Governmental Sponsorship of Religion.
"Some Christians may wish to see the government proclaim its allegiance to Christianity…but the Constitution does not permit the gratification of that desire, which would contradict the logic of secular liberty it is the purpose of the Establishment Clause to protect.” - Justice Harry Blackmun (County of Allegheny v. ACLU ‘1989’)
For proof that The National Day of Prayer is Unconstitutional, go to: http://nationaldayofprayer.org/about/history/#
My Proposal for the Government of The United States of America, is to repeal the Law of National Day of Prayer, and replace it with a Law that is Legal and Constitutional.
The [N]ew [S]tatute shall state:
“The President of the United States of America shall set aside one day out of the year as a National Day of Religious Tolerance, to honor the American Citizen’s Rights of Freedom of Religion. On this day, American Citizens may, if they so choose, participate in the observances of themselves and their fellow citizen the Guaranteed Constitutional Right to either adhere to or abstain from religion. This National Day of Religious Tolerance may be observed, Privately, Publicly, or within any establishment unless prohibited by law, and shall not promote, nor interfere with the Freedom of Religion of the Citizens of the several states. This Statute herein shall hereby forthwith henceforth construct an established foundation for Religious Tolerance, to help bring an end to religious hate crime, and bring forth a more Peaceful and Tolerant Nation.” - Rev. Mirado Crow, D.D. (2011)
Freedom of Religion - The right to adhere to any religion or none, to practice or abstain from practicing religious beliefs, and to be free from governmental interference with or promotion of religion, as guaranteed by the First Amendment and Article 6, Subsection 3 of the United States Constitution.
Free Exercise Clause - The constitutional provision (U.S. Constitution, Amendment 1) prohibiting the government from interfering in people's religious practices or forms of worship.
United States Constitution, First Amendment - Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
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More links coming soon!