Ummm.... this is the sixth annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. He doesn't have to go back that far to boycott the Catholics, just six years. Of course, he doesn't seem to be going out of his way to embrace Catholics anyway, so any excuse to avoid them will do I suppose.
I can't say with any certainty which Presidents have attended a service on the National Day of Prayer (NDP), if any. In reading historical accounts the bill enacting the current NDP wasn't signed into law until 1952. President Truman did the honors. Seems to me that some of the presidents since then might have attended a prayer service. However, there were various national days of prayer prior to that and it appears that President Lincoln and other Presidents participated in whatever they called it during their time in office. I'll let you know if I ferret out any more info on who has or has not attended since 1952.
Whether previous Presidents chose to attend a service or not doesn't matter today. If I were in President Obama's shoes, you better believe I'd have my butt sitting in a pew of a church on the day designated for prayer for our country.
The National Day of Prayer Task Force's mission is to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, mobilizing the Christian community to intercede for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and Family.
Kind of a no-brainer to me. Whether I'm Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Latter Day Saint, Jehovah Witness or any other brand of Christian, I'm praying that day. If I'm President, I'm going to let the people of the nation know that I'm praying. Can we say "moral booster", Mr. Obama?
I have a LOT to say about this one...
It's not as if Obama isn't having problems with the Catholics already. He covered up Jesus and Christian symbols when he spoke at Georgetown University causing a bit of a stink. He's pushing through every pro-abortion action conceivable. Then there's the stem-cell issue, something that offends many of faith.
Now he's snubbing the Catholic prayer breakfast?
It's not as if there aren't a ton of people in this country wondering if he is Muslim or Christian. The idea that he may lean Muslim has been fostered by the bow to the Saudi King, his willingness to speak to terrorist nations without precondition and other actions (or lack of actions). He hasn't chosen a church (unless I missed something these past few weeks). He says he prays, but doesn't say if it's to a Christian God or just in general.
Now he's boycotting a Christian prayer service? Once which was enacted BY a President and has been ongoing since 1952?
Our country is in turmoil and we're battling to keep our heads above the financial waters. Our economy has tanked, capitalism is under assault, our military is trying to follow orders in Afghanistan as they receive mixed messages, the CIA is wondering what the repercussions will be for legal actions they make today... the list of things causing us angst is way too long for one blog.
Now Obama is avoiding a prayer breakfast that if nothing else gives a symbolic sense of concern and caring?
He shows a distinct lack of concern for those who believe. He shows disdain for the Catholic Church by rebuffing the Prayer Breakfast.
There are some things that people in leadership do just because they should. Whether he believes or not, it's a small thing to go to a prayer breakfast. By choosing not to go he just added another log, as opposed to straw, to the camels breaking back. Now more of us are going to question his motivations, his actions, his beliefs and his faith. If he'd opted to go? It would have been a short bit of time from his schedule. He would have shown that he respected the Christian faith and the Church. Questions wouldn't have been raised.
People of no faith are in the minority in this country according to statistics, whether we regularly go to church or not. He would have offended less by going than by not.
Instead he seemingly scorns this annual event where Christian leaders pray for our country, our leaders and the world. He scorns those of us who believe in the importance of prayer by not paying lip-service at a minimum.
Obama to be prayer day no-show
President Obama is distancing himself from the National Day of Prayer by nixing a formal early morning service and not attending a large Catholic prayer breakfast the next morning.
All Mr. Obama will do for the National Day of Prayer, which is Thursday, is sign a proclamation honoring the day, which originated in 1952 when Congress set aside the first Thursday in May for the observance.
On the National Day of Prayer:
On April 17, 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed a bill proclaiming a National Day of Prayer must be declared by each following president at an appropriate date of his choice. In 1982 a National Prayer Committee formed to coordinate and implement a fixed commemorated day of prayer. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan amended the law decreeing that the National Day of Prayer should be held on the first Thursday of May. A claimed intention of the National Day of Prayer was that it would be a day when members of all faiths could pray together in their own way
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