The battle to prevent Christians from expressing their beliefs has been going on for generations from Christmas holiday decorations in the city square to the Ten Commandments posted in the courtroom. As we celebrate our Lord’s resurrection this weekend, another battle is brewing. An atheist group has filed a suit to do away with the National Day of Prayer in Arizona stating that it “forces” nonbelievers to pray on that day, the first Thursday of May, and is therefore unconstitutional. A similar case was filed in the recent past but it also failed as I predict this one will.
The declaration only encourages citizens of the United States to pray. That includes all citizens of all faiths who wish to express their concerns regarding our country to their god. If one wishes to go and pray to a willow tree, they are encouraged to do so. If one wishes to pray to an idol, they are free to do so. As for me and my house, we will pray to God: the Father of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The First Amendment states: “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.”
As many grassroots citizens are more and more concerned with our government’s violation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, we must look at the First Amendment with logic and opened eyes. It prohibits the government from establishing a religion. Prayer is not a religion. What government can not do is prohibit me from exercising or expressing my religion. How many times has our congress violated that portion of the First Amendment and where is the public outcry?