You may have received an email that has been going around claiming that President Obama canceled the National Day of Prayer. Donâ€™t worry, folks, this is absolutely untrue.Â While the current President did not host a service at the White House as some previous presidents have done, the Day of Prayer, signed into law by Truman in 1952 is still in effect.Â That bill allows the president to set the date of the Day of Prayer by proclamation, which Obama has done for this year: May 6.Â Â In 1988, the day was set as the first Thursday in May.
While this yearâ€™s day will undoubtedly go on as planned, future Days of Prayer may be in jeopardy, NOT due to Obamaâ€™s administration, but because of a court case brought by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a group that may not fully understand the idea of separation of Church and State, which they call a "constitutional issue" but is actually an interpretation of the First Amendment, which doesn't use that particular phrase.Â A federal judge agreed with the foundation, ruling the day unconstitutional. In this case, the Obama Administration actually was the defendant - trying to keep the Day of Prayer.
Visit the National Day of Prayer Website for idea of how to get involved.