National Day of Prayer 2010 Canceled | Rumors not true

A sign indicating an available multifaith prayer room at an airport.

The National Day of Prayer is advertised as a multifaith prayer event. Image from Flickr.

The rumors have been running rampant that President Obama has seen to it that the National Day of Prayer 2010 is canceled. However, the National Day of Prayer 2010 canceled rumor is just that – a rumor. Money lenders, tax collectors, Samaritans and people of every religion (or no religion) have no reason to get worked up. It is true that President Obama has chosen to not hold a prayer ceremony in the East Room on the National Day of Prayer 2010. However, National Day of Prayer 2010 canceled simply isn’t true.

National Day of Prayer 2010 canceled rumor

The National Day of Prayer 2010 canceled rumor has been running rampant on Facebook, Twitter and many blogs. The beginnings of the National Day of Prayer 2010 canceled rumors were in the announcement that President Obama will not be holding an official ceremony for the National Day of Prayer 2010. The official statement from the White House press secretary was that “Prayer is something that the president does every day.” As with last year, Obama is planning on signing the National Day of Prayer 2010 proclamation.

History behind the National Day of Prayer 2010

The National Day of Prayer was first established in 1952 by President Truman and was officially recognized in 1988 by President Regan. An annual observance “for people of all faiths,” the National Day of Prayer is organized by the privately funded National Day of Prayer Task Force, which uses money loans to help fund some national observances. While most presidents since Truman have held observances of the National Day of Prayer, a few have expressed concern that the National Day of Prayer may break the separation of church and state.

Who thinks National Day of Prayer 2010 canceled rumor is concerning?

The National Day of Prayer 2010 is not canceled. In fact, the National Day of Prayer Task Force will still be holding a Capitol Hill recognition of the day. The chairman of the privately funded organization released a statement saying “at this time in our country’s history, we would hope our President would recognize more fully the importance of prayer.” The White House has said that President Obama will be spending the National Day of Prayer 2010 recognizing “in his own life and in his family’s life, the role that prayer plays.”

Who thinks National Day of Prayer 2010 canceled should be true?

There are some groups that believe that “National Day of prayer 2010 canceled” should be a headline. The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a 2008 lawsuit that named the President, press secretary and state governors as defendants. The FFRF alleges that the National Day of Prayer 2010 should be canceled because it violates the separation of church and state.

Sources:

CNN
FFRF.org

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