Critiques of government-sponsored prayer days and other forms of ceremonial religion often come from non-religious people. They argue, quite rightly, that when government calls on its people to pray, the non-religious are excluded and even made to feel like lesser citizens.
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Today is the National Day of Prayer. What could be offensive about the government setting aside a day for prayer? Yet, as is so often in life, things are not always what they seem. What looks like an innocent moment of common devotion is far
The National Day of Prayer, like most events amid the coronavirus, will have a different look this year as it is marked today (May 7). Now in its 69th year, the observance will feature interfaith and even international voices on computer screens and cellphones.
People often perceive the National Day of Prayer Task Force’s events as official. They aren’t.