On Wednesday Governor Palin posted this on her Twitter account.
“Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it.” -Thomas Jefferson, 1808
This year the National Day of Prayer is officially in appeals court. After the ridiculous decision handed down by US District Judge Barbara Crabb, ruling the observance "unconstitutional." Despite the long history of a national day for this non-specific religious observance, Judge Crabb declared the practice in violation of the "establishment clause."
This ruling ignores our history as the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, then subsequently in 1863, President Lincoln issued a proclamation for a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer.” In 1952 Harry S. Truman declares a National Day of Prayer and signed into law an annual observance there of, passed by the United States Congress in a Joint Resolution.
I will give credit where credit is due and thank the current U.S. Justice Department for appealing this outrageous decision by an activist judge. Hopefully the ruling will be overturned and groups who brought about these claims can stop trying to force their non-religious, religion upon us. I really don't think they have given much thought about the irony of their actions. We will know in time in which direction and to what degree we in this nation, can practice our faith in a public setting.
Aside from all the politics, Nashville Tennessee could use as many prayers as can be sent their way, on this National Day of Prayer. The news has been largely absent covering the horrific flooding that has occurred there this week but this clip shows a pretty dire situation and a very resilient people. God Bless.