Thursday, April 24, 2008

President Proclaims 2008 National Day of Prayer Amid Call for More Inclusiveness

On Tuesday, President Bush issued a Proclamation (full text) declaring May 1 to be the 2008 National Day of Prayer. Meanwhile, the website Jews on First has begun a campaign for an Inclusive National Day of Prayer, pointing to the fundamentalist Christian focus of the existing National Day of Prayer Task Force. (See prior posting.) On its web page devoted to the project, Jews on First calls on governors to either refrain from issuing Day of Prayer proclamations, or to issue proclamations that call for inclusive events. Last year's White House event for the day did have extensive Jewish, as well as Christian, participation. (See prior posting.)