Update[masked]: The Cleveland NDP observance is not yet listed on the NDP Task Force website, but it is indeed going on:
If it is organized independent of the national task force, I guess we'll have to remove some of the language below. Then again, on the webpage above it states, "select this text anywhere to be taken to the national NDP website for national (in quotes) information"... strange!
Thursday, May 2 has once again been designated as the National Day of Prayer. And once again, the federal, state, and local govts. have left the organizational duties for the NDP "observances", to be held in cities throughout the nation, to the exclusively Evangelical Christian National Day of Prayer Task Force (http://nationaldayofprayer.org/).
In order for anyone, Jewish/Muslim/Pagan/UU's alike, to have their own NDP event recognized, they must sign on to a (http://nationaldayofprayer.org/events/) statement recognizing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and affirming that the Bible is the inerrant word of the "living God" (http://nationaldayofprayer.org/events/). It's bad enough that the non-theists of America aren't even considered in the recognition of the NDP itself- but this has been taken a step further, and has been molded into an exclusively Christian "day of observance".
Non-theists and secularists are countering the National Day of Prayer with a National Day of Reason (http://nationaldayofreason.org/).
For the past 2 years, we have staged a gentle counter to the downtown Cleveland NDP Task Force-sponsored observance. Only 3 of us took part in 2011; in 2012 we had 9. But the experience was rewarding and fun! Both years a number of people stopped by to talk- some sympathetic to secularism, some devout Christians, and others who were just plain interested in what was going on. We got a shout out from one of the Prayer Day speakers (endorsing our freedom of speech). Most of us had signs, none of which were offensive to the NDP people (or at least it seemed), and one of the signs had "One Nation, Under Zeus" as a touch of humor :)
Our event is listed on the National Day of Reason website, here (http://nationaldayofreason.org/events/national-day-of-reason-apostasy/).
We have to keep in mind that the Christians have the right to publicly assemble and pray on Public Square; our gentle protest is aimed at the very existence of the government-sponsored Prayer Day itself, and the fact that the Federal, state and local governments let the exclusively Evangelical Christian NDP Task Force rule over virtually all the NDP events in the nation.
Let's get a few more members there this time around... lunch afterwards at Tower City.
See you there! :)