Thursday, May 07, 2009

ACLJ files amicus brief to protect the National Day of Prayer

I received an e-newsletter from Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Sekulow is taking on (or I guess sent an Amicus Brief) the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) who has a law suit to terminate the National Day of Prayer, which is today.

The FFRF is obviously an organization that is in step with the secular humanist agenda of terminating Christianity in America. I realize the FFRF bills itself as an atheistic and agnostic organization promulgating the delusion of separation of Church and State; however I doubt the efforts of the FFRF focus on other religions in America other than Christianity and Judaism.

This places the FFRF right up there with the reprobates focusing on ending Biblical Christianity as the foundation of the rule of law in America.

Read the Jay Sekulow e-newsletter defending the National Day of Prayer to get an idea of the evil of FFRF using Leftist activist Courts to attempt to perpetuate their Secular Humanist agenda.

JRH 5/7/09
ACLJ files amicus brief to protect the National Day of Prayer

Jay Sekulow
May 7, 2009
ACLJ E-newsletter

The National Day of Prayer - a longstanding American tradition - is today. I hope you'll be able to participate in it this year ... and, indeed, for many years to come.

But it's in question - because of a federal lawsuit.

In fact, the ACLJ is currently representing 31 Members of Congress (including Rep. J. Randy Forbes of Virginia, who chairs the Congressional Prayer Caucus) in a crucial lawsuit attacking the constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer. We have filed an amicus brief with a Wisconsin federal court asking the court to dismiss the case.

Our argument is very clear: The National Day of Prayer is deeply embedded in the tradition and history of this country, and such a proclamation and observance does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Sadly, this lawsuit - brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a Wisconsin-based organization - is another twisted legal attempt to remove prayer from public life. It specifically challenges the constitutionality of a 1988 federal law giving the President the authority to designate the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer.

A day set aside for prayer for our country is a time-honored tradition - dating back to the late 1700s. From the time of our Founding Fathers to the present day, such proclamations and observances reflect the nation's rich history.

There is no constitutional crisis here. We are hopeful that the court will take the only action appropriate in this case and DISMISS this lawsuit.

Our brief states that since our country's inception, nearly every president has issued proclamations calling the nation to pray for a variety of purposes. In addition:

''Despite the long history of official government acknowledgment of the role of religion in American life, there are still those who, like FFRF, seek relentless extirpation of all religious expression and reference from public life.''

We argue that there are numerous legal decisions ''including Supreme Court precedent'' backing the constitutionality of the observance.

You can read the entire brief here. Also, we have an entire section of our website dedicated to resources about prayer, including: public prayer, praying at school, and prayer in the workplace.

Thank you so much for your support. We'll keep you posted as developments unfold.


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American Center for Law and Justice
P.O. Box 90555, Washington, D.C. 20090-0555
Phone: (800) 296-4529

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