(CNSNews.com) - Conservative legal experts say a federal district judge in Wisconsin had no legal basis for declaring the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional – and predict the decision cannot stand.
“If the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional, then the Constitution itself if unconstitutional,” Mathew Staver, president of Liberty Counsel and dean of the Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Va., told CNSNews.com.
“The National Day of Prayer – or prayer itself – is older than the Constitution,” Staver said. “There is no question (this ruling) will be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.” [...]
I looked up the word "prayer" on dictionary.com and saw there were nine definitions. The first several, of course, included "god" in the definition. But the eighth and ninth definitions caught my eye.
8. the section of a bill in equity, or of a petition, that sets forth the complaint or the action desired;
9. a negligible hope or chance: Do you think he has a prayer of getting that job?
Since the gentleman quoted is a lawyer, perhaps it's definition eight he was thinking of, rather that an entreaty to a deity. But it's number nine that I really like. It reduces prayer to its real worth: nothing.