Nine years ago the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund released a report showing how religious-right groups had hijacked the National Day of Prayer. The National Day of Prayer: Turning a Day of Faith into a Rally for the Christian Right examined how organizations like the National Day of Prayer Task Force and Focus on the Family as well as right-wing politicians had turned the day for bringing people of faith together in prayer into simply an opportunity to promote a political agenda.
Thursday’s National Day of Prayer event in Washington, D.C., showed how right-wingers are still politicizing the day.
Huffington Post reports that U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., walked out of the event at the U.S. Capitol after James Dobson — founder of religious-right group Focus on the Family — used his speaking slot to attack President Obama. Dobson called Obama the “abortion president” and read from a letter in which he denounced the Affordable Care Act and provisions dealing with birth control and women’s health care:
“So come and get me, Mr. President, if you must. I will not yield to your wicked regulations.”
HuffPost reports that Hahn was offended by the Dobson’s betrayal of the purpose of the day:
“He goes on… Read More
Stuff like this makes it hard to take Barton and his ilk seriously when they complain that others are disrespectful of people of faith. They have done all they can to turn the National Day of Prayer into an occasion to promote a political agenda. Now they’re also commercializing it. Talk about being disrespectful to people of faith.… Read More
From today’s TFN News Clips:
“It is of no concern to me if this president, or any president, issues prayer proclamations. I can pray, or not, without government encouragement.”
— Cal Thomas, a conservative commentator, writing about a recent court ruling that it is unconstitutional for government to promote the National Day of Prayer.