On the horizon: National Day of Prayer … and reason?
The National Day of Prayer is Thursday. According to organizers, a 1952 joint resolution of Congress, signed by President Harry Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. The law was amended in 1988 to establish the day as the first Thursday in May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.
Rep. Pete Stark, D-California, is the only known member of Congress to have declared he does not believe in a supreme being. He entered a statement into the Congressional Record in support of the National Day of Reason, which coincides with the Day of Prayer: “The National Day of Reason celebrates the application of reason and the positive impact it has had on humanity. It is also an opportunity to reaffirm the Constitutional separation of religion and government.”
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