The National Day of Prayer – Ignored

Posted: May 13, 2009 by April Watkins in Obama, Religion, White House
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“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”

Gen. George Washington

Gen. George Washington

George Washington

Washington’s quote is profound in its simplicity. These words echo the driving force for those who dare to find the truth and report it to the People. My column is but one example of a journalist’s attempt to bear light on the truth.

His insight and words seem to transcend the centuries to be relevant to America for all times. The genius, the intuitive mind and the humility of the Father of our country continues to provide Americans with a standard which we hold all leaders in comparison.

As Americans it was traditional to look to our Presidents and our leaders to guide our country in the direction of prosperity, opportunity and individual freedoms as established in our Constitution. We also looked at these men as true statesmen. We depended on their judgment for our safety; for the defense of our homeland and of our ideals of freedom and liberty.

But now a cloud has descended upon our leadership, our nation’s government and many of our citizens. This cloud is one of arrogance and audacity. The arrogance is the assumption of superiority over average citizens – the intellectual elite vs. the common man. Their audacity, to stand before the People and purposely disguise, through blatant lies and information manipulation, their true aims of self-promotion, is quite simply astonishing.

This type of treachery would shake our Founding Fathers to their very cores; as today’s cloud of “change” is akin to the type of tyranny from which they fought to be freed. In this column I have discussed the various signs of socialism that are occurring from every facet of the Obama cabal: the unprecedented enormous budget filled with pork, the expansion of entitlement programs, socialized medicine, limitations or bans on guns and ammunition, the pro-immigration status of the administration to procure more voters, and the carefully camouflaged dismantlement of our military forces, to name a few.

President Obama bows to Saudi King

President Obama bows to Saudi King

Obama’s snub of this week’s National Day of Prayer observance is the exclamation mark to our worst suspicions. When Obama bowed to the Saudi King, we were uneasy. Many of us compared his subordinate behavior toward the Muslims to his and the First Lady’s rude treatment of the Queen of England and UK Prime Minister. When visiting Turkey, our President announced to the world that Americans “do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.” We the People were shocked at this bald statement; some of us even infuriated. It seemed apparent that he did not know, or, rather, chose to ignore the history of our society. In truth, our government and the principles by which this nation was founded, including our general culture and moral standards are, indeed, based upon Judeo-Christian values.

The National Day of Prayer is not an event that favors one religious belief over another. It is not strictly a Christian, ndpJewish, Muslim, Hindu or Pagan day. It is simply a day we stop to pray for our nation, to pray for prosperity, safety, peace, good health, and sound guidance. The President’s decision to ignore and not participate in this simple, yet meaningful, day of prayer and fellowship should finally put an end to any debate of whether or not Obama is a man of faith. It is clear…he is not.

So again, we turn to the words of George Washington for guidance and insight on this issue and find the following:

“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to

Gen. Washintgon at prayer

Gen. Washintgon at prayer

expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

– Gen. George Washington

What more need I add?  That is Why It Matters.


  1. Mr. Atheist says:

    Didn’t George Washington also say…
    “The blessed Religion revealed in the word of God will remain an eternal and awful monument to prove that the best Institutions may be abused by human depravity; and that they may even, in some instances, be made subservient to the vilest of purposes.”
    “Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than thsoe which spring from any other cause.”
    And lastly…
    “The United States is in no sense founded upon the Christian doctrine.”
    It seemed apparent that YOU don’t know, or, rather, chose to ignore the history of our society.

    • Mr. Atheist, thank you for your comment. As to the quotes you have listed, they may very well have been said by Washington, however, it is easy to take statements out of context as proof of validation for a certain point. Our Founders had much to say on the issue of religion as well as the issue of God – which are two separate things. They were learned men, many of them deists, that valued their belief in a greater or higher power, God. This is proven throughout the historical documentation from our nation’s earliest years. I’m sure that you have also read that Washington especially refers to God in his speeches, prayers, addresses and correspondence as the entity to which we (Americans) should look to for providence. And yes, our nation was not founded upon a religious doctrine. It was founded for, among other issues, the freedom to worship as one pleased. Our governing structure and documents are built upon the Roman idea of a Democracy in a Republic with a Judeo-Christian culture, which entails how one lives among others. This structure of freedom is what gives you the privilege to express your views publicly.

  2. P. Durwood Worley says:

    I want to say that I am highly appreciative of your timely and informative articles. I was the pastor at the First United Methodist Church for five years. God bless you and keep up the great work.

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