- The Washington Times - Monday, May 3, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

A recent Washington Times editorial declared, “If there is one thing the country needs right now, it is prayer” (“America doesn’t have a prayer,” Comment & Analysis, April 19). That is certainly true now, as the National Day of Prayer - established in 1952 under President Truman - has been ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb.

That national prayer has been an integral part of American society since the time of George Washington seems lost on Judge Crabb and the radical Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The editorial adds, “In the 1952 case Zorach v. Clausen, the Supreme Court observed that Americans are “a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.’ ” The fact that critics of the National Day of Prayer have repudiated a belief in God does not obfuscate others’ belief in an omnipotent deity. If anything, those who decry religion in society have established a religion of their own.

BRIAN STUCKEY

Denver


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