Friday, May 8, 2009

Obama on National Prayer Day

Non-Christians feel left out on Day of Prayer

The Tennessean — Growing up in South Korea, the Rev. David Choi learned at an early age that prayer was serious business. As a child, he used to get up before dawn for a 4 a.m. prayer service.
Choi and other believers will join elected officials — including Mayor Karl Dean and Gov. Phil Bredesen — for an hourlong prayer service today at the plaza outside of Sommet Center to celebrate the National Day of Prayer. The 11:30 a.m. event is one of dozens statewide and thousands nationwide.
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Obama breaks from Bush on prayer day

Boston Globe— President Obama's latest break from his predecessor is drawing some ire among some Christian groups.
While former President Bush held formal events in the White House each year to mark the National Day of Prayer, Obama is opting today for a private observance and issuing an official proclamation.
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Obama did not outlaw religion - he just changed Natl Prayer Day routine

Christian Science Monitor — As we mentioned yesterday, President Obama is commemorating the National Day of Prayer. But he’s not doing it like his predecessor did.
Today is the 57th annual National Day of Prayer. This is an event that began under President Truman and really didn’t morph into something new until eight years ago when President George W. Bush began holding public ceremonies to mark the day.
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