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OMG! Obama ‘Cleansed’ Day of Prayer of Jesus!

Thursday, May 2 was the annual National Day of Prayer, decreed by Congress to be so. As all presidents do, President Obama issued a declaration on the matter. But the Worldnutdaily is clutching their pearls because Obama, like the Muslim atheist commie terrorist that he is, “cleansed” the declaration of Christianity.

Today, President Obama issued a statement endorsing the National Day of Prayer, but he excised virtually any reference to Christianity, the primary faith of the nation’s founders.

President George W. Bush’s proclamations routinely included references to Christian faith.

Hey, you know who else didn’t include any references to Christianity in his declarations of prayer? George Washington. Here’s his 1789 declaration:

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington

No mention of Jesus, Christianity or the Bible. Nor was this an accident. Washington was always careful to speak in broad terms like “great author of the universe” and “providence” when speaking of God. When he wrote to Native American tribes, he referred to God as the “Great Spirit.” Washington was a universalist, believing that all different religions were paths to the same god. Hey, you know who else didn’t reference Christianity in his declarations? John Adams. Here’s a 1798 declaration from him found, ironically, on the Wallbuilders website:

AS the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God; and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him, but a duty whose natural influence is favorable to the promotion of that morality and piety, without which social happiness cannot exist, nor the blessings of a free government be enjoyed; and as this duty, at all times incumbent, is so especially in seasons of difficulty and of danger, when existing or threatening calamities, the just judgments of God against prevalent iniquity are a loud call to repentance and reformation; and as the United States of America are at present placed in a hazardous and afflictive situation, by the unfriendly disposition, conduct and demands of a foreign power, evinced by repeated refusals to receive our messengers of reconciliation and peace, by depredations on our commerce, and the infliction of injuries on very many of our fellow citizens, while engaged in their lawful business on the seas: —Under these considerations it has appeared to me that the duty of imploring the mercy and benediction of Heaven on our country, demands at this time a special attention from its inhabitants.

I HAVE therefore thought it fit to recommend, that Wednesday, the 9th day of May next be observed throughout the United States, as a day of Solemn Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer; That the citizens of these states, abstaining on that day from their customary worldly occupations, offer their devout addresses to the Father of Mercies, agreeably to those forms or methods which they have severally adopted as the most suitable and becoming: That all religious congregations do, with the deepest humility, acknowledge before GOD the manifold sins and transgressions with which we are justly chargeable as individuals and as a nation; beseeching him, at the same time, of his infinite Grace, through the Redeemer of the world, freely to remit all our offences, and to incline us, by his holy spirit, to that sincere repentance and reformation which may afford us reason to hope for his inestimable favor and heavenly benediction; That it be made the subject of particular and earnest supplication, that our country may be protected from all the dangers which threaten it; that our civil and religious privileges may be preserved inviolate, and perpetuated to the latest generations; that our public councils and magistrates may be especially enlightened and directed at this critical period; that the American people may be united in those bonds of amity and mutual confidence, and inspired with that vigor and fortitude by which they have in times past been so highly distinguished, and by which they have obtained such invaluable advantages: That the health of the inhabitants of our land may be preserved, and their agriculture, commerce, fisheries, arts and manufactures be blessed and prospered: That the principles of genuine piety and sound morality may influence the minds and govern the lives of every description of our citizens; and that the blessings of peace, freedom, and pure religion, may be speedily extended to all the nations of the earth.

And finally I recommend, that on the said day; the duties of humiliation and prayer be accompanied by fervent Thanksgiving to the bestower of every good gift, not only for having hitherto protected and preserved the people of these United States in the independent enjoyment of their religious and civil freedom, but also for having prospered them in a wonderful progress of population, and for conferring on them many and great favours conducive to the happiness and prosperity of a nation.

Given under my hand and seal of the United States of America, at Philadelphia, this twenty-third day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight, and of the Independence of the said States the twenty-second.

Again, no mention of Jesus, Christianity or the Bible. But wait, what about that “in the year of our lord” stuff? Well, Obama uses that same exact language in his declaration:

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

Jefferson never issued any proclamations of this sort, believing firmly that it was not within his power to do so and that the First Amendment forbid it. Madison issued one, under great political pressure during the War of 1812, but regretted it and later wrote that he had violated the Constitution in doing so.

Comments

  1. raven says

    Thursday, May 2 was the annual National Day of Prayer, decreed by Congress to be so.

    Oh. I missed it. Again.

    How did the War on the National Day of Prayer go this year?

    Usually, I meet up with my elite commando unit on War days and we have lunch and go shopping. Unfortunately, Thursdays are work days so we all missed out this year.

    Oh well, there is always another War day coming along. Next one is the War on the War on Halloween.

  2. dukeofomnium says

    All I know is, if I don’t get presents or candy, then it’s not a real holiday.

  3. dingojack says

    What! George III – Washington!
    [Slaps forehead] So that’s who you guys were rebelling against!!
    Dingo

  4. Sastra says

    raven #1 wrote:

    Usually, I meet up with my elite commando unit on War days and we have lunch and go shopping…

    All right, that does it. I’m joining raven’s elite commando unit. Uniforms .. there are uniforms, right?

    Or maybe that’s what you’re all going shopping for.

  5. D. C. Sessions says

    Those old guys obviously either didn’t understand the Framers’ original intentions or else had no respect for the Constitution. America haters.

  6. jameshanley says

    Here’s Reagan’s 1982 proclamation.

    National prayer is deeply rooted in our American heritage. From the earliest days of our Republic, Americans have asked God to hear their prayers in times of sorrow and crisis and in times of bounty.

    The first National Day of Prayer was proclaimed in 1775 by the Second Continental Congress. As thousands gathered in prayer in places of worship and encampments throughout the new land, the dispersed colonists found a new spirit of unity and resolve in this remarkable expression of public faith. For the first time, Americans of every religious persuasion prayed as one, asking for divine guidance in their quest for liberty and justice. Ever since, Americans have shared a special sense of destiny as a nation dedicated under God to the cause of liberty for all men.

    Through the storms of Revolution, Civil War, and the great World Wars, as well as during times of disillusionment and disarray, the nation has turned to God in prayer for deliverance. We thank Him for answering our call, for, surely, He has. As a nation, we have been richly blessed with His love and generosity.

    Just 30 years ago, a Joint Resolution of the Congress requested the President to proclaim a day each year, other than a Sunday, as a National Day of Prayer, on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation in places of worship, in groups, and as individuals. Eight Presidents since then have annually proclaimed a Day of Prayer to the nation, resuming the tradition started by the Continental Congress.

    Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Thursday, May 6, 1982, National Day of Prayer. On that day, I ask Americans to join with me in giving thanks to Almighty God for the blessings He has bestowed on this land and the protection He affords us as a people. Let us as a nation join together before God, aware of the trials that lie ahead and of the need for divine guidance. With unshakable faith in God and the liberty which is our heritage, we as a free nation will continue to grow and prosper.

    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of February, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and sixth.

    Mentions of Jesus = 0.

  7. says

    the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789

    Overwrought Christians like to cite formal closing statements like George Washington’s as equivalent to invoking Jesus, when all it does is acknowledge that our calendar system is based on a (mistaken) calculation of the number of years since the birth of Christ. But it’s a far cry from prayer or breast-beating. Even Jews and secular people use in common parlance the “Anno Domini” numbers for years. Of course, some have gotten tired of the A.D. jazz and prefer to cite C.E. (Common Era) instead. Some kinds of devout Christians get really pissed off when they hear “2013 C.E.” and such-like expressions. All the more reason to use them.

  8. Nentuaby says

    Zeno,

    “C.E.” pisses off some people for the exact opposite reason too, though. All changing the name of the year does is declare that an epoch based on the alleged birth of their religious figure is a natural “Common” date for the year 0. It’s precisely equivalent to declaring a giant-ass concrete cross a “secular symbol of remembrance;” same plate of shit, now with extra insulting-our-intelligence sauce.

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