Once again, Obama is giving an unnecessary hand to the Religious Right by issuing a proclamation for the National Day of Prayer (this Thursday, May 7th).
“President Obama is a committed Christian and believes that we should be engaging Americans of faith in efforts to renew our country,” a White House official said.
“He is following the tradition of Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush and others by signing a proclamation honoring the National Day of Prayer, while continuing to work with communities of faith to improve our country.”
On the up side, it’s not even close to what Bush did in his years in office. And the Religious Right is not at all pleased about this:
During Bush’s eight years in office, prominent evangelicals, including National Day of Prayer Task Force chairman Shirley Dobson, and her husband, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, gathered each year for an East Room ceremony on the first Thursday in May.
“We are disappointed in the lack of participation by the Obama administration,” Shirley Dobson said in a statement issued by the task force on Monday. “At this time in our country’s history, we would hope our president would recognize more fully the importance of prayer.”
If you want to call this mere lip service to the faithful from Obama, fine. I still think it’s too much. But he would’ve received more flack for not doing anything so I guess I can understand this political decision.
It sounds like Obama realizes prayer isn’t going to fix our country’s problems. He had to do something on Thursday, though, so there you go.
Meanwhile, the rest of us have an opportunity to participate in the National Day of Reason (not coincidentally, on the same day).
Several of the events taking place in America (and even Alberta, Canada!?) can be found here.
Are you doing anything special that day?