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.