This Thursday, May 6, is the year's "National Day of Prayer" by act of Congress and presidential proclamation. Although Judge Barbara Crabb ruled the designation unconstitutional in FFRF v. Obama on April 15, the president is appealing our court victory and has issued a proclamation. It is expected that most governors and many mayors will do likewise.
You can help educate!
Use this online directory to find links to e-mail and postal addresses, and phone numbers for governors. (Google your mayor's office for contact info):
Read FFRF's letter to elected officials:
Thank you to the many who have contributed to FFRF's New York Times appeal and to our legal fund, for your activism, and for helping FFRF use the momentum to educate the public about the secular roots of US government.
Sign our petition to end the unconstitutional National Day of Prayer. Help spread the word about the petition:
Write a brief letter to your editor opposing the National Day of Prayer, and applauding Judge Barbara Crabb's historic ruling declaring the federal law unconstitutional. Nonbelievers are uniquely injured when our government exhorts us to pray and "to turn to God," much less to set aside an entire day once a year for prayer! Respond to prayerful letters, editorials, op-eds or news coverage of theocratic mixing of religious ritual and government. (Read more about that decision and read the ruling at
Show up with a colorful picket sign at National Day of Prayer events on government property this Thursday. Media may give your sign as much coverage as the prayer service. Sign ideas: "God & Government a Dangerous Mix," "Nothing Fails Like Prayer," "National Day of Prayer — Let's Call the Whole Thing Off." The ever-theocratic National Day of Prayer Task Force Web site is a fount of information -- make use of their Web site to learn more about your local NDP violations:
- Phone gubernatorial or mayoral offices to lodge your objection to National Day of Prayer proclamations, then follow-up with a short letter or e-mail (so it gets into the record), signing your name and complete address so they know you are a constituent. Watch your newspapers for reports showing a state/church entanglement. Ask your elected officials not to issue prayer proclamations in the future, and not to attend prayer day events in their official capacity.
Call the White House Comment Line, e-mail and/or write the President objecting to the National Day of Prayer and the president's proclamation:
White House Comment Line: 202-456-1111
The Honorable Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Look for FFRF full-page ad in the New York Times this week!
If you want to be more involved, remember to sign up to receive FFRF news releases and action alerts at: http://ffrf.org/signup/news/
Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor
Freedom From Religion Foundation
PO Box 750
Madison WI 53701