Jewish Journal


April 29, 2008

Changing the National Day of Prayer


Every year it seems certain religious organizations, namely those who feel excluded, ask that the National Day of Prayer be a more ecumenical event. (I’ve written this story at least once.) Two thousand eight is no different, as this report from the DMN religion blog notes:

We mentioned days ago a Jewish group’s complaint that the National Day of Prayer had been “hijacked” by the Christian right.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has joined with that group, Jews on First, to call for inclusive celebrations on Thursday, the day of prayer.

Here‘s a news release from CAIR. It urges all people of faith “to contact governors and other elected officials nationwide to ask that any government-sponsored ‘National Day of Prayer’ observances on May 1st be representative of our nation’s religious diversity.”


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