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September 30, 2009 4:19 pm ET

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"Interesting Event"

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Response

Hey, thanks for forwarding me this.  I read through it and while I understand your concerns, I feel like this email misrepresents some very important facts.  It is true that the Christian faith has played an important role in our national history.  However, those who call America a Christian nation are mistaken.

Neither the Constitution nor the Declaration of Independence specifically endorses Christianity.  In fact, the First Amendment of the Constitution states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."  Constitutionally speaking, there can be no established religion in the United States.  The framers of the Constitution took into account the diversity of America and created a document that did not put one faith over any other.  Barack Obama's statement just reinforces that fundamental precept.
Check it out: http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.billofrights.html#amendmenti

Also, the National Day of Prayer has never been a Christian event.  It has always meant to be a day of prayer for all peoples.  Check out what Ronald Reagan said about the National Day of Prayer.

"On our National Day of Prayer, then, we join together as people of many faiths to petition God to show us His mercy and His love, to heal our weariness and uphold our hope, that we might live ever mindful of His justice and thankful for His blessing."
http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1986/122286c.htm

The September 25 event you mention was heavily publicized throughout the Muslim community, especially around Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland.  But it was not a day of prayer, but rather, the ritual friday prayer or jummah prayer that Muslims all around the world take part in every single Friday. 

According to the Washington Post:

"The event, called 'Islam on Capitol Hill,' is designed to highlight how U.S. Muslims can coexist with their fellow Americans. Hassen Abdellah, the lead organizer of the event, called on people to come to the Capitol to 'pray for peace and understanding between America and its Muslim community.'"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/24/AR2009092404600.html?hpid=sec-religion

I appreciate that you forwarded this to me and I hope I addressed some of your concerns.

Let's chat sometime soon.



 


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