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Hans-Joachim Marseille

(12/13/1919 - 9/30/1942)

was a Luftwaffe fighter pilot and flying ace during World War II. He reached the zenith of his fighter pilot career on 1 September 1942, when during the course of three combat sorties he shot down 17 enemy fighters. ...

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Born on this Date in 1585


Gerbrand Adriaensz Bredero

was a Dutch poet and playwright in the period known as the Dutch Golden Age. ...

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Born on this Date in 1754


Louis XVI

was the King of France and Navarre from 1774 until 1791 and the King of the French from 1791 to 1792 who was executed by guillotine during the French Revolution. His wife, Marie Antoinette, was born in 1755. Louis was informed on January 17 of the Convention's decision to execute him. ...

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Born on this Date in 1769


George Cuvier

was a French naturalist and zoologist. His most famous work is the R?gne animal distribu? d'apr?s son organisation (1817). ...

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Born on this Date in 1847


Sarah Frances Whiting

She was an American physicist and astronomer, and was the instructor to several astronomers. Whiting helped to establish the Wellesley College observatory, Whitin Observatory, of which she became the first director. ...

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Born on this Date in 1890


Harry Frank Guggenheim

was a United States businessman, diplomat, publisher, philanthropist, and horseman. In March 1917, as the United States moved toward involvement in World War I, Guggenheim bought a Curtiss Flying Boat and took piloting lessons. ...

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Pope prays before Shroud of Turin

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As faithful unite, National Day of Prayer divides
Posted May 6, 2010 at 10:27 am

The Rev. Roy Frady of Plano sees a troubled world that needs a National Day of Prayer.

Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis of Flower Mound is a National Day of Prayer dropout, frustrated that some local events don't welcome all faiths.

Then there's Randy Word of North Richland Hills, an atheist who says Congress never should have created a prayer day.

The National Day of Prayer — which by federal law occurs the first Thursday in May — remains ensnared by differing, strongly held points of view. Now it must contend with a federal district judge's ruling that it violates the U.S. Constitution.

Judge Barbara Crabb of Wisconsin put the effect of her April 15 decision on hold, pending appeals. Thus, groups are gathering for prayer today in Texas and across the country, encouraged to do so by a proclamation from President Barack Obama.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to attend a prayer event at noon today outside Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby.

But the National Day of Prayer itself may be in need of prayer — for its survival.

Lawrence Sager, dean of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, believes Crabb's decision is no outlier but rather a well-crafted, precedent-respecting argument that the Constitution doesn't permit a law calling on Americans to pray.

“The strength of her decision is going to make it difficult for either the 7th Circuit ⅛Court of Appeals⅜ or the Supreme Court to come out differently,” said Sager, co-author of Religious Freedom and the Constitution, a book cited in Crabb's ruling.

Crabb notes in her opinion that prayer in public life has been controversial since the Founding Fathers debated whether to have prayers before sessions of the Continental Congress. (They had them.)

Federal courts have grappled with the constitutionality of school prayer, religious displays on public property, and “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. This remains an unsettled area of law, experts say, churned by interest groups' different views of the Constitution and U.S. history.

The National Day of Prayer dates to 1952 when Congress responded to an appeal by the Rev. Billy Graham. During a Washington, D.C., crusade, the evangelist said, “What a thrilling, glorious thing it would be to see the leaders of our country today kneeling before almighty God in prayer.”

President Truman signed the measure, which instructs presidents to “set aside and proclaim a suitable day each year, other than a Sunday, as a National Day of Prayer, on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.”

In 1988, with lobbying by Campus Crusade for Christ co-founder Vonette Bright, Congress fixed the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May. Soon the private National Day of Prayer Task Force became the leading organizer of local events for the occasion.

Led by Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, the task force calls on all faiths to observe the day. But its events are Judeo-Christian, and its leaders are well-known conservative evangelicals.

Its current honorary chairman is the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham. Franklin Graham was recently disinvited from a Pentagon National Day of Prayer event over concern about his criticisms of Islam.

Controversies over Christian vs. interfaith observances, including one in Plano in 2008, are cited in Crabb's ruling.

Today, Plano will have dual National Day of Prayer events at City Hall. One at noon is primarily Christian and affiliated with the task force. The 7 p.m. event involves various religions and is sponsored by the city's Multicultural Outreach Roundtable.

“I wish we could be together,” said the Rev. Jan Sullivan, a leader of the interfaith gathering. “But I think ⅛two events⅜ speaks to the diversity in our city.”

Staff members at Thanks-Giving Square, the downtown Dallas shrine to gratitude, suggest wording for the annual presidential proclamation for the National Day of Prayer and put on a high-profile interfaith event.

Meanwhile, about 200 people are expected for a task force-affiliated observance outside Dallas City Hall.

“I would help any faith organize one,” coordinator John Lay said. “Ours happens to be the Christian expression.”

Some religious groups think even a carefully balanced event is a bad idea.

“The government shouldn't be in the business of telling the American people what, where or when to pray or even if they should pray,” said K. Hollyn Hollman of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

Crabb's decision deals with a case brought by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, whose members include atheists, agnostics and other skeptics. The group argues that the prayer day violates the First Amendment's clause prohibiting Congress from establishing a state religion.

Crabb, a Carter appointee, writes in her decision that the Supreme Court has allowed “ceremonial deism” such as legislative prayer. She says case law supports government involvement in prayer when there's a “significant secular purpose” that does not call citizens to religious action.

But the National Day of Prayer statute violates the establishment clause, she concludes, by creating “an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function in this context.”

She notes that while millions of Americans pray for everything from guidance to forgiveness, many others don't pray, and even some who do oppose praying in public.

Crabb writes that “recognizing the importance of prayer to many people does not mean that the government may enact a statute in support of it, any more than the government may encourage citizens to fast during the month of Ramadan, attend a synagogue, purify themselves in a sweat lodge or practice rune magic.”

Lackland Bloom Jr., a professor at SMU's Dedman School of Law, says the Supreme Court hasn't settled on a methodology for deciding establishment clause questions. He cautiously predicts the Supreme Court would — if it takes up the matter — uphold the prayer day statute in a 5-4 decision.

And justices would have widely varying rationales, he believes.

But Sager notes that Crabb grounded her decision in cases already decided by the Supreme Court or 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. He sees her as “very persuasive” in arguing that the National Day of Prayer goes beyond the ceremonial to disparage nonpraying Americans.

For Frady, the Plano pastor, Crabb's ruling is a miscarriage of justice that ignores U.S. history and the need to turn to God in times of crisis. He believes the country is in one.

Frady's church, WillowCreek Fellowship, is seeing ever more people depending on its food pantry for handouts. “We need God's help,” he said.

But Word, the North Richland Hills atheist, reads the Constitution as prohibiting any law that mixes government and religion. He said the prayer day “leaves me out of government processes.”

Dennis, the Flower Mound rabbi, sees the value of military chaplains and other “civic traditions” that he thinks technically violate the Constitution. But he has concluded that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional and divisive.

In his view, Congress should endorse occasions that nearly all Americans can rally round.

“Fourth of July parade, anyone?” he asks.


Story first published on 20100506102510 at 09:30 at 09:30 am at:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/new/6992394.html

- The Extended Story -

The National Day of Prayer (36 U.S.C. § 119) is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation". The law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952, and is being challenged in court.......

On April 17, 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed a bill proclaiming a National Day of Prayer must be declared by each following president at an appropriate date of his choice. In 1982 a conservative evangelical Christian organization called the "National Prayer Committee" was formed to coordinate and implement a fixed annual day of prayer for the purpose of organizing evangelical Christian prayer events with local, state, and federal government entities. In his 1983 declaration, Ronald Reagan said, "From General Washington's struggle at Valley Forge to the present, this Nation has fervently sought and received divine guidance as it pursued the course of history. This occasion provides our Nation with an opportunity to further recognize the source of our blessings, and to seek His help for the challenges we face today and in the future." In 1988, the law was amended so that the National Day of Prayer would be held on the first Thursday of May. Two stated intentions of the National Day of Prayer were that it would be a day when adherents of all great religions could unite in prayer and that it may one day bring renewed respect for God to all the peoples of the world.




The Extended Story was published on20100506102510 at 09:30 at 09:30 am at:

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