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On April 30th, 2010, President Obama issued a proclamation that May 6th, 2010 be designated as a National Day of Prayer.

On Thursday, April 15th, the US District Court in Madison ruled that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. The lawsuit was brought about by a group of atheists and agnostics – in addition to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Their simple argument was that such a law violated the separation of church and state.

In her ruling, Judge Barbara Crabb wrote:

It’s sole purpose is to encourage all citizens to engage in prayer, an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular funtion.”

There are reports that the Obama Administration still plans to recognize the National Day of Prayer. Not unsurprisingly, there are calls for the Administration to appeal the decision.

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We are often asked why AU doesn’t get more involved with the “In God We Trust” and “One Nation Under God” issues.

The truth is we have.