Questions legality of prayer breakfast


I believe the National Prayer Breakfast on May 1 is a violation of our constitution in that our government is sponsoring a Christian religious activity, forcing, because of popular sentiment, our leaders to attend and profess feelings they may not share. In the words of Rabbi Merrill Shapiro, president of Americans United's national board of trustees: "The National Day of Prayer is problematic because it presumes that Americans should take direction on their religious lives from the government. It suggests that they will engage in certain religious activities because the government recommends they do. People do not need government directives to pray or take part in any other form of worship." As a member of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, I am troubled by what I believe to be an illegal practice.

Jon Oesting


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