National Day of Prayer Ruling Causes Controversy

A fierce debate is raging over the decision by a Wisconsin district judge that deemed the forthcoming National Day of Prayer, scheduled for May 6th, as unconstitutional.

On May 5, 1988, then-President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law that enabled the nomination of the first thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer. At the time, the bill received bipartisan support but has since been challenged by a variety of groups.

The latest challenge to its continued standing was from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, who sued George W. Bush, the National Day of Prayer Task Force and several others in October, 2008. The case was ruled upon by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on March 1 this year, at which time she deemed as unconstitutional the government-sponsored observance of the day.

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