A three-judge panel of the Colorado state court of appeals ruled this week that the state’s annual Day of Prayer proclamation is unconstitutional. The prayer proclamations by both Republican and Democrat governors between 2004 and 2009 are “predominately religious,” the court ruled, adding that they “undermine the premise that the government serves believers and nonbelievers equally.” The Freedom From Religion Foundation brought suit against the Colorado proclamation.
It never ceases to amaze me that activist judges either do not understand or seemingly ignore our nation’s extensive history of national days of prayer. From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War to World War II and beyond, the people of America have united in calls for the blessings of Almighty God. This history seems not to matter, though, and America is rapidly becoming a nation of intolerance toward public expressions of faith — expressions that were common and cherished in the days of our founding.
It is a modern tragedy that our courts are purging public prayer and depictions of Christianity from the public square. Our Founders would be astonished that their beloved nation has arrived at such a point.