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petition against the National Day of Prayer
Thank you for signing the petition to oppose the National Day of Prayer and governmental intrusion into personal conscience. God plus Government is a dangerous mix. Your support of the right to freedom from religion has never been more crucial.
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Other Ways to Help
FFRF is in a David vs. Goliath battle. The religious-right is using the National Day of Prayer court battle as a fundraising and organizing tool. Help defend the decision.
2) Contact the White House
Please express your disappointment, civilly, over the fact that the Obama Administration is defending a McCarthy-era law entangling religion and government:
The Honorable Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
White House Comment Line: 202-456-1111
3) Contact elected officials to oppose National Day of Prayer proclamations
Last year all 50 governors proclaimed a National Day of Prayer, even though the federal law does not require them to. In recent years, more than half of governors have used the proclamation wording, scripture verse or themes ghostwritten for them by the Christian evangelical National Day of Prayer Task Force, headed by Shirley Dobson.
Ask your public officials to refrain, in their official capacity, from proclaiming or participating in the National Day of Prayer. (Please thank mayors and local officials who respect the separation between state and church.)
Use this online directory to find links to e-mail and postal addresses, and phone numbers for key elected officials.
FFRF is cataloging complaints over this national violation by FFRF members and members of the public. Copies of your official messages to elected officials may be sent to FFRF, Attn: Protest National Day of Prayer, PO Box 750, Madison WI 53701. E-mail copies to: .
4) Join FFRF’s "Oppose the National Day of Prayer" Facebook Cause group and help spread the word by telling your friends
5) Monitor and engage in civil protest of National Day of Prayer observances in your area
The National Day of Prayer Task Force Web site will tip you off to what’s happening in your area. Carry placards (“Nothing Fails Like Prayer,” “Good Works — Not Long Prayers,” “Helping Hands Not Lips That Pray,” “God & Government — A Dangerous Mix,” “Get Prayer Out of Government,” “We are NOT a Christian Nation,” "The National Day of Prayer — Let's Call the Whole Thing Off!") Keep FFRF posted about your activism.
If you see related violations, such as "mayor's prayer breakfasts," contact our legal department.
6) Write letters to the editor
The National Day of Prayer lawsuit and appeal are news — send a short, succinct letter about why you oppose it, why it violates the Constitution or why it is an affront to you as a nonbeliever! Respond to religious op-ed and letters promoting the National Day of Prayer and religion in government. Add your support of the judge’s ruling and FFRF to comment sections at online publications and blogs. There are almost as many nonreligious Americans, at 15% of the population, as there are active members of the religious right. Come out of the closet and influence public opinion!
If you are not already a member, please sign up today! Support the largest, fastest-growing national association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics and other skeptics), and our vital work to keep church and state separate.
FFRF has nine important lawsuits in the courts, and has taken more than 50 court challenges, winning many significant victories to defend the Jeffersonian “wall of separation between church and state.” Won’t you help? Don’t let the Religious Right cash in on FFRF’s court victory. This is the time for secular supporters to flex some collective muscle and speak out for true religious liberty.
Your membership is deductible for income-tax purposes (a modest $40 a year; $50 household) and includes 10 issues a year of the lively newspaper, Freethought Today, and Private Line, a twice-a-year newsletter disclosing membership and financial information.
Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor
on behalf of the Freedom From Religion Foundation
PO Box 750
Madison WI 53701