People line up outside capitol to protest National Day of Prayer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Advocates for the separation of church and state are rallying in support of a federal judge's ruling that found the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional.

Outside the Wisconsin Capitol, about 50 members and supporters of the Freedom From Religion Foundation said they hoped Thursday would mark the final National Day of Prayer.

They cheered U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb, who ruled last month the law that created the prayer day was an unconstitutional call to religious action. Crabb put enforcement of her ruling on hold while the Obama administration appeals and prayer events went on as scheduled across the nation Thursday.

Activists held signs that read, "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" during the peaceful protest.


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  • by sara Location: B.R.Falls on May 10, 2010 at 06:49 PM
    Amen to "Give me a break" and "LTD"!! Now to "momintum" and all like minded people! It is better to "live life as though there is a God(there Is!)and at the end, find out there isn't, than to have lived life as though there is no God and die to find out there is! Your reward was true, eternal Hell fire! All God's promises were true and you missed out due to political correctness and whatever! Had to be an intellectual, and be politically correct! Nothing you can do then, it's too late! You only get one chance, No "do overs"! Seneca the Younger should have said: To the WISE man Christianity is true, to the Fool it is false! To the WISE rulers it is very useful! Peace be to you "momintum" and all like minded people, I hope you all have a Blessed life!
  • by sara Location: B.R.Falls on May 10, 2010 at 05:59 PM
    This to Louise's comment about Christians, why do non believers use and twist Scripture to fit their agenda? Since prayer was taken out of schools, morals have gone to the dogs, anything goes! Matthew 6:5 means to be real and not be in public just to be noticed and He tells us we can be heard even when we pray privately! You know like people or anyone running for office, they go to church and never enter one after it's over, win or lose. Only for show! Romans 1:16 Tells me not to be ashamed of the gospel. How we to reach others in the closet, that's for my clothing etc! Mark 8:38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. 2Timothy 4:2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long suffering and teaching. Also, 1st Amendment gives us the right to speak or pray in public!
  • by Sara Location: B.R.Falls on May 10, 2010 at 01:03 PM
    The "separation of church and state" people better study "real" history. The "Constitution" was "written and based" on Biblical principles. They didn't want a repeat of what they ran from! Read and study your Constitution! I have a copy in front of me now! I'm an "AMERICAN INDIAN" and I live by it and understand it, why can't you? The writer's prayed and came together in agreement, cause they didn't want a government run church! The state is to stay out of the church, NOT the church to stay out of state! Congress "started" all meetings with prayer, today your "leader" covers statues of Jesus before he speaks! First Amendment says: Congress shall make NO law respecting AN establishment of religion or PROHIBITING the free exercise thereof: or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievance. Where does it say for the church to stay out of Government? It doesn't!
  • by momintum Location: wnc on May 7, 2010 at 05:24 PM
    Time will prove the fallacy of all religions. The human specie with a developed imagination has fantasized itself individual and eternal continuance. Humanity has an affinity for dogma so the seemingly securities associated with supernatural divinity to some carries a mythical shelter that the more emotionally inclined find deceptively comforting. Judge Crabb should be commended for standing up and being counted. "To the common man religion is true. To the wise it is false. To the rulers it is useful." Seneca the Younger.
  • by Louise Location: Wisconsin on May 7, 2010 at 03:59 PM
    WHY do Christians want to encourage public prayer, especially during governmental meetings, in public schools, on military bases etc. when their own scriptures state: Matthew Chapter 6 vs5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words." Are they embracing "hypocrisy" or declaring themselves "heathen"??
  • by Louise Location: Wisconsin on May 7, 2010 at 03:41 PM
    WHY do Christians want to encourage public prayer, especially during governmental meetings, in public schools, on military bases etc. when their own scriptures state: Matthew Chapter 6 vs5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words." Are they embracing "hypocrisy" or declaring themselves "heathen"??
  • by Give me a break on May 6, 2010 at 05:22 PM
    These people are in desperate need of a life. If you don't want to pray, don't pray. This doesn't cost the taxpayers anything. There are 364 non-days-of-prayer. Do you really mind if those of us who think we are not the pinnacle of creation call for prayer one day a year?
  • by LTD Location: Wisconsin on May 6, 2010 at 04:59 PM
    Why don't these atheists go protest something like high taxes or terrorism. How many American flags did they burn while they were at it. These people are enough to make a moral human sick to their stomachs.
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