Some of my personal thoughts about a recent event.
The National Day of Prayer is an event that represents a Judeo Christian expression of the national observance, based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible.
In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual, national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.The President of the United States has called for a National Day of Prayer every year since 1975. Info from here.
In May 2009, President Obama did not call for a National Day of Prayer.
His staff would not return phone calls or even acknowledge that the event was happening just three miles away.
However, on September 1st, he did host a dinner for the Islamic Holy Month. He praised the American muslims for their great religion. News story here.
This type of dinner is not unusual for any president but it does cause concern that he would acknowledge and celebrate an Islamic holiday but hugely ignore a Judeo Christian observance. Especially since every president, regardless of their political party, since 1975 had issued a call for prayer.
What does this say about our president? Let me know your thoughts.