The Washington Times - February 3, 2010, 05:31PM

By the time some of you read this, it already may be Thursday morning at which point some 3,000 people will be crammed into the Washington Hilton listening to President Obama and whatever surprise guest the National Prayer Breakfast organizers have managed to secure. In past years, the speakers have ranged from Mother Teresa to Bono.

Somehow I missed out on getting invited to a press conference sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign that says the NPB is sponsored by shady right-wing sorts and therefore they’re kicking off an “American Prayer Hour” as an alternative. I found it interesting that one of the main speakers for this presser was Harry Knox, who’s also on President Obama’s faith-based advisory council. Since Mr. Knox evidently has some White House access, why hasn’t he approached the president in private instead of having this presser? Inquiring minds are curious.


I don’t buy the main focus of the HRC event; that all sorts of nasty deals are being cooked up in the halls of the Washington Hilton. I’ve wandered those halls in past years and poked my head into a room or two and the shadiest thing I ran into were folks trying to figure out how to win as much of the world as possible over to Christianity.

American Prayer Hours are slated for six cities tomorrow, including Washington, according to this site. Some of the accusations are just nuts, such as author Frank Schaeffer calling the NPB the “KKK prayer breakfast” here on Huffington Post. Folks, get a grip.

I’ve noticed, to their credit, certain Religious Left leaders are avoiding the HRC event. Disagreeing with a group is one thing but calling them the KKK? Please.

- Julia Duin, religion editor