Due to the ban on government backed religion, U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb in Wisconsin ruled on April 15 that the 1952 law creating the National Day of Prayer violated the ban and needed to not be observed anymore.
“[I]ts sole purpose is to encourage all citizens to engage in prayer, an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function,” Crabb wrote in the ruling. “In this instance, the government has taken sides on a matter that must be left to individual conscience.”
Last year, The Obama administration decided against holding a public ceremony at the White House for the day, in which since President Truman signed a bill proclaiming National Day of Prayer on May 6 over 58 years ago has always been observed.
The ban has not been passed yet as the the Justice Department is appealing the case on behalf of the White House for now until the defendants in the case, President Obama and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, exhaust their appeals, according to the decision.
This year there will be National Day of Prayer events, including services at the Pentagon, the Cannon House Office Building and on the steps of the Capitol. But this may in fact be the last year this takes place in in area of the government.
Bans are taking place everywhere on Christianity this year with the government including our recent post titled, U.S. Army Symbol Religious and Should Be Changed.
But what does this mean for other religious holidays such as Easter and Christmas for the government if this one passes through? Will there be no more Christmas at the White House? Let us know your thoughts and opinions!