It’s not every day I agree with Baptists on prayer, but today is a notable exception:
J. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, said “it is not the government’s job to tell the American people what, where or when to pray or even if they should pray”….
“The problem with the National Day of Prayer is that it is an official act of the government urging citizens to engage in a religious exercise,” Walker said.
Walker said people of faith do not require the government’s stamp of approval for their religious practices.
“A day of prayer is more appropriately called for by pastors, rabbis and imams among us — not civil magistrates, Congress, or even an American president.”
I agree — let the religious leaders encourage people to pray, not the government.