Members of Congress "Officially" Organize National Prayer
I can't do any better than Melissa Rogers' response. Here's a bit.
[M]embers of Congress have no business issuing an "official call" for Americans to turn "back to prayer." Members of Congress certainly may pray, and they may play active roles within their respective religious communities. They also may form unofficial groups that meet for worship, prayer, and Bible study on government property just as other unofficial groups do. But their stations as government officials do not entitle them to attempt to lead us in spiritual pursuits. We've got plenty of religious leaders who can do that, thank you very much. It's not the government's job to promote religion; it's the job of religious communities.Read the whole thing.
Presidential proclamations are one thing - recognizing a day of prayer and all of that. But the "official" business of the House is done inside the Capitol, and with respect to our laws and traditions of religious freedom.
On another note, and just wondering, I see on the website of the Congressional Prayer Caucus that they are accepting donations they promise won't be used for legislative or political purposes. Apart from keeping up their snappy website, why would they need money to get together and pray?
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