Irony Alert: President Obama’s Proclamation for National Day of Prayer

Forwarded with pleasure, because it is the kind of prayer request that I can get behind. Ironic highlight in bold is mine.

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 01, 2012
Presidential Proclamation — National Day of Prayer, 2012

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, 2012
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

Prayer has always been a part of the American story, and today countless Americans rely on prayer for comfort, direction, and strength, praying not only for themselves, but for their communities, their country, and the world.

On this National Day of Prayer, we give thanks for our democracy that respects the beliefs and protects the religious freedom of all people to pray, worship, or abstain according to the dictates of their conscience. Let us pray for all the citizens of our great Nation, particularly those who are sick, mourning, or without hope, and ask God for the sustenance to meet the challenges we face as a Nation. May we embrace the responsibility we have to each other, and rely on the better angels of our nature in service to one another. Let us be humble in our convictions, and courageous in our virtue. Let us pray for those who are suffering around the world, and let us be open to opportunities to ease that suffering.

Let us also pay tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces who have answered our country’s call to serve with honor in the pursuit of peace. Our grateful Nation is humbled by the sacrifices made to protect and defend our security and freedom. Let us pray for the continued strength and safety of our service members and their families. While we pause to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending liberty, let us remember and lend our voices to the principles for which they fought — unity, human dignity, and the pursuit of justice.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 3, 2012, as a National Day of Prayer. I invite all citizens of our Nation, as their own faith directs them, to join me in giving thanks for the many blessings we enjoy, and I call upon individuals of all faiths to pray for guidance, grace, and protection for our great Nation as we address the challenges of our time.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

BARACK OBAMA

  • The_Starbuck

    Is this for real? I mean…seriously? It’s gotta be a joke…

    • Frank Weathers

      For real. Got it right off the White House website (see link on the President’s name at the bottom).

  • http://egregioustwaddle.blogspot.com/ Joanne K McPortland

    He is required as President to issue a proclamation for the National Day of Prayer each first Thursday in May. He did cancel the annual prayer breakfast, though. And he must be the first President who has ever proclaimed a National Day of Prayer by inviting Americans to give thanks that they are free to abstain from prayer. :)

    • Frank Weathers

      Heh!

  • colleen

    question is – Who Wrote it? and did he even think about what we was saying…

  • mike janssen

    and protects the religious freedom of all people to pray, worship, or abstain according to the dictates of their conscience.

    Unless they are Catholic, in which case my regime requires them to violate dictates of their faith by paying for birth control, something clearly prohibited by the Catholic church since the invention of condoms.


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