Four Southern Governors Call for a Day of Prayer on Sunday 6/27 for Oil Spill Crises. [Shouldn't ACLU have them arrested?]

Four Southern Governors Call for a Day of Prayer on Sunday 6/27 for Oil Spill Crises. [Shouldn’t ACLU have them arrested?]

"Alabama Gov. Bob Riley started a much-needed trend today when he called for a Day of Prayer on Sunday, in response to the BP oil disaster.

“Throughout our history, Alabamians have humbly turned to God to ask for His blessings and to hold us steady during times of struggle,” Riley said. “This is certainly one of those times.”

The governors of Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi immediately followed suit.

Here is the text of the Alabama governor’s proclamation:

WHEREAS, Alabama is suffering from an unprecedented disaster caused by the explosion and sinking of the BP Deepwater Horizon and its aftermath, a disaster that threatens the livelihoods of our fellow citizens, the environmental beauty of our coast, and our quality of life; and

WHEREAS, throughout our history, Alabamians have turned in prayer to God to humbly ask for His blessings and to hold us steady during times of difficulty; and

WHEREAS, citizens of Alabama are urged to pray for the well-being of our fellow citizens and our State, to pray for all those in other states who are hurt by this disaster, to pray for those who are working to respond to this crisis, and to pray that a solution that stops the oil leak is completed soon:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bob Riley, Governor of Alabama, do hereby declare Sunday, June 27, 2010, as a Day of Prayer in Alabama and encourage individuals to pray on their own or with others, according to their own faith, in an expression of faith and hope.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that citizens of Alabama are also encouraged to give personal thanks to God for the blessings we have received and for God’s continued guidance during these difficult times."

First off the ACLU has no powers of arrest nor can they cause them to be arrested; secondly why would they want to have the governors arrested for merely endorsing a prayer for those who ae so inclined??

It makes no sense whatsoever.

Does that help?

Prayer is not illegal just yet. We surely have been programmed to believe that the constitution bans all official reference to religion. Rather, it guarantees the free exercise of it! Even by governors and elected bodies. It does ban the establishment of an official, state-run religion. This does not mean references to God, or the exercise of any particular faith. This prohibition on the establishment of a state religion (do not say separation of church/state, as that wording does not appear anywhere in the constitution) was based on the horrors of Henry VIII’s abuses and murder in establishing the “Church of England”, with himself as its sovereign head. Remember that this occurred only about 200 years before the founding of our nation, and the King’s abuses were still running rampant via his successors and their subordinates. The founders of our nation had tasted the bitter abuse of power that was the English monarch, and they wanted nothing of it. They shed their blood to rid themselves, and us, of such tyranny.

The ACLU is doing the evil one’s work, with occasional good work sprinkled in to make it appear reasonable.

Somebody should arrest the entire American Criminal Liberties Union… :mad:

If this organization is supposed to be supportive of “American Civil Liberties,” how come they are fighting against people who exercise their American Civil Liberties to pray as they see fit?

And the trite line about “separation of Church and State” is getting tiresome; our constitution does not ever mention “separation of Church and State;” what it does say is that the government shall make no laws recognizing a particular religion as the official religion of the country.

[quote=U.S. Constitution]Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

So, the idea is not “freedom FROM religion,” but “freedom to choose and practice one’s own religion.” There’s a vast abyss between these two sentiments.

No. Its more of a deflection then an answer.

that involved using school facilities for religious purposes. It has nothing to do with this particular thread in which four government officials asking people to voluntarily offer prayers which could be at their home or…house of worship.

But even allowing the use of public facilities for religious services does not establish a state religion. Congress begins each day with a prayer, for goodness’ sake! Those, such as the ACLU, with covert agendas cannot take a document at its face value. Twisting of its words and meaning always occurs. Judges are sought and bought with the implied promise of votes.

Its not a deflection it’s an example of what the original poster was talking about. The ACLU does not want prayer in public, period. I have no doubt, that if they could they would go after the governors.

The charges were linked to a similar case filed by the ACLU last year on behalf of two students who claimed school administrators violated their religious freedoms. The judge in that case ordered school district officials to stop “promoting, advancing, aiding, facilitating, endorsing or causing religious prayer or devotionals during school-sponsored events.”

A subsequent case against a clerical assistant in the same school district was thrown out last month. The ACLU charged Michelle Winkler with civil contempt of the court injunction for asking her husband to pray at an event honoring school district employees. In that case, the event was privately funded, and Winkler’s husband is not an employee of the school district.

They likely will. But, if they were true to their name, they would fight against all who would prevent the free exercise of religion.

I guess in this case we are going to have to agree to disagree.

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