- June 28 - Days after passing a measure encouraging public schools and governments
to post the Ten Commandments, the House of Representatives is poised to debate
a proposal calling on the American people to engage in prayer, fasting and humiliation.
the House of Representatives is hopelessly adrift," said the Rev. Barry W.
Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
"Our nation faces serious problems, but all the House can offer are pious
platitudes and meaningless resolutions."
introduced by Rep. Helen Chenoweth (R-Idaho), asserts that the country has rejected
God's love and calls on the state and local governments to "observe a day
of solemn prayer, fasting and humiliation before God."
"It's not surprising that the House is considering calling for a national
day of prayer and 'humiliation.' Many Americans are already humiliated by the
nonsense coming from the House and are praying that members of Congress move on
to real issues."
has 30 cosponsors, including Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) and Majority
Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas).
"The real news for the backers of this measure is that our country is one
of the most religious on earth. The American people know when and how to pray.
The last thing we need are political demagogues masquerading as spiritual leaders.
people to prayer and worship is the job of our houses of worship," Lynn said.
"If the House has nothing better to do than stomp all over religion's turf,
then it's time for them to take a long summer vacation. We can only hope that
when they come back, they will have lost the urge to exploit religion for misguided
political crusades and cheap points on some right-wing 'voters scorecard.'"
is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947,
the organization represents 60,000 members in all 50 states.