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National Day of Prayer

Established in 1952 by President Truman, the National Day of Prayer has been consistently held on the first Thursday of May since the 1980’s. Although every past honorary chair of the NDP organizing team has been a Protestant Christian and the official National Prayer written by former chair Anne Graham Lotz explicitly mentions Christian doctrine and figures, the National Day of Prayer is ostensibly an interfaith observance. Its status as such made it possible for the Supreme Court to dismiss Freedom From Religion’s lawsuit claiming it violated the First Amendment, since the official legal designation of the day does not reference any one particular religion. And indeed there are many participants from Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, etc. including the Buddhists seen in the photo above, praying at the Jodoshinshu True Pure Land Buddhist Temple on 105th Street. So, whatever your faith and however you practice, Happy National Day of Prayer.


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