May 4, 2009

What is Wrong With the National Day of Prayer?

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As we get closer to the National Day of Prayer, many atheists are going to hear the same question: "What is wrong with the National Day of Prayer?" The exact phrasing will vary, but the essence of the question will be along the lines of this: "I understand that you don't pray, but why do you have a problem with other people doing so? I mean, what is so bad about having a National Day of Prayer anyway?" Of course, the obvious response says something about separation of church and state. After all, the National Day of Prayer was designated by an act of Congress and certainly seems to be a case of favoring religion over no religion. However, this is only part of the reason for opposing this event. I encourage you to review the others at Americans United for Separation of Church and State's page, "What's Wrong With the National Day of Prayer?"

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