Real Crazy

1-20-constitution_day1A while back U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled unconstitutional the Act calling for a yearly National Day of Prayer in the USA. Who am I to question the Judge? I attended the University of Tennessee before finally graduating from Trevecca University. Obviously, I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer; but I can read. In fact, I read the US Constitution several times yesterday to refresh my memory. It is beyond me how anyone who has taken American History 101 could read that hallowed and historic document and come to the conclusion that our country’s long standing tradition of having a National Day of Prayer is contrary to the intent of our Founding Fathers. Yet, in her ruling Judge Crabb stated that it was a violation of the First Amendment’s ban against a “law respecting an establishment of religion”.

Article One: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

It seems to me to be a real crazy stretch that a suggestion to pray is equated to the establishment of religion.  The clear intent of the First Amendment was the prohibition of a “state religion”.  Congress passed the act establishing the Day of Prayer in 1952. Now, Judge Crabb suddenly, says “unconstitutional”. Her ruling is currently under appeal. A casual stroll around Washington D.C. will reveal the word “God” on multiple Federal Buildings including the U.S. Supreme Court where this case may very well end up.  The Judge will find the same word on the coins in her purse.

I happen to be a Christian; however, I believe that people should be free to worship Jesus, the Buddha, Allah, the sun, the moon, anything they choose or nothing at all. That seems to be one of the very foundational freedoms of our country. If that is so, then how does having a National Day of Prayer obstruct that right? Folks, the truth is unless this judicial trend away from anything of God begins to reverse, I fear that sooner or later the word “God” will be outlawed. You think not? Don’t bet on it!

Something to Think About

John

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