Recently Wisconsin District Court Judge Barbara Brandriff Crabb ruled that the National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional. The National Day of Prayer was declared by Congress in 1952; however, it’s origins date back to 1775 and the Continental Congress.
However, in a recent Rasmussen poll, 60% of Americans are in favor of a government recognized Day of Prayer while only 28% are opposed. Note it is a government recognized, not government making a law respecting an establishment of religion. This is where the anti-religion crowd and this liberal judge get it wrong. A National Day of Prayer has nothing to do with the “Establishment clause” of The First Amendment. I guess we can presume that the atheist group who brought the initial suit is part of the minority 28%.
But a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 60% of Americans favor having the federal government recognize a National Day of Prayer. Just 28% are opposed. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.
Rev. C. Welton Gaddy, a Baptist minister from Louisiana and president of the Interfaith Alliance, which includes representatives of many religious faiths, praised the judge’s decision, saying, “Maintaining clear boundaries between religion and government only serves to strengthen both.”
Forty-seven percent (47%) of Americans agree with Geddy’s statement, while 31% disagree. Twenty-one percent (21%) are not sure.
But at the same time, adults by a nearly two-to-one margin – 61% to 31% – favor prayer in public schools.
This will be reversed by the courts.