Posted by: Fr. C. | July 18, 2011

Who will stand up?

The folks at the Manhattan Declaration website report the following assault on faith in the public square.

Many of you may be familiar with the recent news of Texas Governor Rick Perry and his call to all state governors as well as President Obama to join him in declaring
August 6, 2011 as a Day of Prayer and Fasting. His urge is for our Nation to
seek God’s guidance and wisdom in addressing the issues facing our communities,
states and nation. A statement on the Governor’s website reads: 

“Given the trials that beset our nation and world, from the global economic downturn to natural disasters, the lingering danger of terrorism and continued debasement of our culture, I believe it is time to convene the leaders from each of our United States in a day of prayer and fasting, like that described in the book of Joel,” Gov. Perry said. “I urge all Americans of faith to pray on that day for the
healing of our country, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration
of enduring values as our guiding force.”

Not to let any good deed go unpunished, the Freedom from Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the governor’s proclamation violates the Establishment clause of the US Constitution by showing preference to evangelical Christian religious beliefs; yet another effort to diminish the foundation and culture of which this nation was founded on. Our founding forefathers have opposing reference for the institution of government and religion, and moreover, prayer. George Washington, John Adams, James Madison, Thomas McKean and others all made clear that religion was foundational to their leadership and life. It is important now that we as a unified body stand behind this charge to sanctify this August, 6
as one that God will have favor on.

The question of the day is whether there is a group of the faithful willing to stand up as a body to counterclaim against entities like the Freedom from Religion Foundation?  Who has the guts?


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