Madison, WI — Today, Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) signed onto an amicus brief by Liberty Institute filed in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the National Day of Prayer in Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Obama. Those represented in the brief alongside WFA include Dr. James Dobson, the Family Research Council (FRC), Focus on the Family Action (Citizenlink), the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), Let Freedom Ring, and Liberty Counsel, along with 27 other family policy councils located in states nationwide.
“Once again, we find the Freedom From Religion Foundation trying to suppress the free exercise of religion,” said Julaine Appling, President of Wisconsin Family Action. “Every citizen should be concerned about this outrageous attempt to silence religious expression, rewrite our Christian heritage and undermine a centuries-old tradition of presidential proclamations of prayer. Freedom From Religion Foundation has used their bully techniques to try to end the use of invocations at Wisconsin city councils and the State Assembly for years and now they’re going after one of the most treasured traditions we have – a national call to prayer.”
When Congress passed a statute in 1952 calling for the President to issue a proclamation designating the National Day of Prayer, it memorialized the virtually unbroken tradition of Presidents from Washington to Truman who designated a day of prayer.
On April 15, Madison-based, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that the federal government’s observation of prayer is unconstitutional, despite numerous rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court that protect long-standing traditions of religious invocations. Today’s brief argues that not only is the National Day of Prayer constitutional, but that Judge Crabb’s ruling establishes active hostility to religion and must be reversed.
“We are pleased to be able to join this effort to help the President defend the National Day of Prayer,” said Appling. “Prayer is a hallmark of this nation and we cannot afford to let an activist judge destroy that heritage.”
View the brief online at http://bit.ly/c7LZpB.
Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide, not-for-profit organization actively strengthening and preserving marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin.