Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Praying In America

Here's a "READ" that I have to pass on to my blogging buddies- I am copying and pasting and you can also go to the link for yourself. 

Texas Governor Doing What the Founding Fathers Did- and Getting Sued For It

Texas Governor Rick Perry has called all state governors as well as President Obama to join him in declaring August 6, 2011 as a Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God’s guidance and wisdom in addressing the issues facing our communities states and nation. A statement on the Governor’s website reads:
"Given the trials that beset our nation and world, from the global economic downturn to natural disasters, the lingering danger of terrorism and continued debasement of our culture, I believe it is time to convene the leaders from each of our United States in a day of prayer and fasting, like that described in the book of Joel," Gov. Perry said. "I urge all Americans of faith to pray on that day for the healing of our country, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of enduring values as our guiding force."
Not to let any good deed go unpunished, the Freedom from Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the governor’s proclamation violates the Establishment clause of the US Constitution by showing preference to evangelical Christian religious beliefs.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07/13/religious-freedom-group-sues-gov-perry-over-planned-all-day-prayer-event/#ixzz1S6vjRWnq
  While agreeing that the Governor has invited “all citizens” to the event, Freedom from Religion co-director Dan Barker states the event is “deeply offensive to many citizens, as well as to our secular government.”
Our Founding Fathers would tend to disagree with Mr. Barker:
AS the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God; and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him, but a duty whose natural influence is favorable to the promotion of that morality and piety, without which social happiness cannot exist, nor the blessings of a free government be enjoyed;… I HAVE therefore thought it fit to recommend, that Wednesday, the 9th day of May next be observed throughout the United States, as a day of Solemn Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer; That the citizens of these states, abstaining on that day from their customary worldly occupations, offer their devout addresses to the Father of Mercies, agreeably to those forms or methods which they have severally adopted as the most suitable and becoming:
John Adams, Second President of the United States in a National Declaration on 03/23/1798
Whereas the Congress of the United States, by a joint resolution of the two Houses, have signified a request, that a day may be recommended, to be observed by the People of the United States, with religious solemnity, as a day of pubic Humiliation, and Prayer; and whereas such a recommendation will enable the several religious denominations and societies so disposed, to offer, at one and the same time, their common vows and adorations to Almighty God…
James Madison, Fourth President of the United States in a National Declaration on 07/09/1812
It is therefore recommended to the several states to set apart the THIRTEENTH day of DECEMBER next, to be religiously observed as a day of THANKSGIVING and PRAYER; that all the people may assemble on that day with grateful hearts to celebrate the praises of our glorious Benefactor, to confess our manifold sins, to offer up our most fervent supplications to the God of all grace that it may please Him to pardon our offense, and incline our hearts for the future…
Thomas McKean, President of Congress, signer of Declaration of Independence, 10/26/1781
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."
George Washington, First President of the United States in a National Declaration 10/3/1789
 The Founding Fathers were so emphatic in their belief that that prayer was to be an integral part of daily public life and public service that by 1815 they had called the people to pray 1,400 times!
The next time someone claims that “prayer and fasting is an ineffectual use of government resources”, feel free to remind them that originally Congress thought it was such an effectual use of time that they began every session with two continuous hours of prayer. And be thankful for people such as Governor Perry who shrug off frivolous lawsuits such as this stating “The pending litigation will not affect plans for the prayer event.”
We would like to thank our friends at Wall Builders for the above resources. If you would like more information on the principles of religious freedom upon which our nation was founded, please take a moment to view the original documents on their website.

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