Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Americans United Commends Obama For Discontinuing Religious Right-Focused Prayer Event At White House

President Will Sign Proclamation, But Won’t Hold White House Event

May 5, 2009

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today commended President Barack Obama for discontinuing an annual Religious Right-focused prayer service held during the previous eight years at the White House.

Obama has indicated that he will sign a proclamation recognizing the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, but that no special White House prayer service will be held.
This stands in contrast to the George W. Bush administration that invited James and Shirley Dobson and other Religious Right leaders to the White House for an annual government-sponsored prayer service. The relationship appeared to give governmental endorsement to the Dobsons’ National Day of Prayer Task Force, a private fundamentalist group that sponsors Christians-only prayer meetings around the country.

Read the full press release at au.org

Read more on why Americans do not need the National Day of Prayer

For more information, visit the AU Press Center.
Call (202) 466-3234—or email americansunited@au.org.

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