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National Day of Reason Peaceful Prayer Protest on Public Square

Join us on Public Square as we peacefully protest government-endorsed prayer!

The first Thursday in May once again marks the government-endorsed National Day of Prayer. And once again, the handling of NDP events nationwide has been left to the exclusively conservative Christian National Day of Prayer Task Force. In order for any NDP observance to be registered, the registrant must affirm allegiance to the God of the Bible and Jesus Christ (Note: this language was easily visible in past years, however this year it is hidden unless one registers as a website User).

All that aside, the constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer is dubious at best. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) won an unprecedented victory in 2010 in which the NDP was ruled to be unconstitutional, only to have the decision overturned a year later.

We'll gather on the periphery of the south quadrant of Public Square, as in other years. Signs are of course optional, and we'll have some FFRF "nontracts" on hand to pass out to those interested.

*Note*- Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker of FFRF made the suggestion (at last year's FFRF convention) that it would be most effective to have a good presence at the Statehouse in Columbus, if a Day of Prayer observance is held there. There are groups around the Columbus area who could provide good presence there, but some of us might want to make the trip down to provide additional support. More details on this at a later date.

Those of us on the square will probably have lunch in Tower City afterwards.

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  • Sam S.

    This was quite an exciting protest. We had people stopping by thanking us for our protest work. Some folks stopped and talked and shared their Atheism with us. And yes Christians came too. But of course no Muslims or Buddhists or Jewish folks. Because when our government endorses prayer obviously it the Jesusy type.

    1 · May 1, 2014

  • Mark T.

    As usual I'm glad we did this! The prayer day rally was very well attended this year despite the cool weather. Quite a few people stopped by to talk. A few were antagonistic but even a pastor or 2 seemed interested in what we had to say!

    May 1, 2014

  • Roni & Elliott B.

    Hey, Frank, what time are we meeting tomorrow morning? I don't want to come too late, or too early and sit around. Call me[masked]

    April 30, 2014

  • Roni & Elliott B.

    I hope someone, Frank or someone else, tells me what time to meet at Eddie's bike shop.
    Roni

    April 30, 2014

  • Roni & Elliott B.

    meeting on Bishop would work. Where on Bishop, what cross street?

    April 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Eddy's Bike Shop, 2830 Bishop Rd.
      Willoughby Hills, OH 44092

      Is that OK?

      1 · April 30, 2014

    • Marni H.

      Thanks for offering to carpool, Frank!

      April 30, 2014

  • Roni & Elliott B.

    My cell phone # is[masked]
    Roni

    April 30, 2014

  • Roni & Elliott B.

    That's OK. What time should we meet?

    April 30, 2014

  • Roni & Elliott B.

    I'm coming from Chesterland. I can go by way of 271 and 90. Or through town. Maybe I can meet someone somewhere.
    Roni

    April 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm coming from Kirtland Hills. Maybe we can meet somewhere off Bishop Rd. and go in one car from there?

      April 30, 2014

  • Lisa M.

    I work on Thurs all day, i will keep you all in my thoughts! Have fun, hope the weather is nice. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/mayday.html

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Roni & Elliott B.

    probably - just me - Roni

    April 12, 2014

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  • Mark T. +2
    Spokesperson, Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Marni H.
    Director, Organizer
  • Sam S.
    Secretary/Spokesperson, Co-Organizer
  • A former member

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