I read that Judge Barbara Crabb sided with the Freedom From Religion Foundation in ruling that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional.No, she ruled explicitly that the federal law creating the National Day of Prayer, and in fact ordering the president to proclaim a National Day of Prayer, is unconstitutional. That distinction is crucial.
Congress established it in 1952 ...And amended it in 1988. In either event, "established" is a decidedly unfortunate choice of words, if your contention is that the law does not violate the First Amendment, which reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."
This is a law, that Congress made, respecting an establishment of religion. Note that the First Amendment does not merely forbid an establishment of religion, a popularly held misconception (ironically, often held and espoused by self-described "strict constructionists").
... so they must have thought it was a good idea.Which is hardly relevant, considering Congress must have thought any number of things were good ideas that even conservative activist judges found unconstitutional. That's why there is a Bill of Rights.
It is not forcing us to pray.This was never in question, contra also the editorial page editor of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. And insofar as prayer is a matter of personal conscience, you can't "force" other people to do it anyway.
I would like to see her ruling overturned on appeal if one is filed, because it seems to be a frivolous lawsuit in the first place.The fact that the suit was successful in the district court is a reasonably good indication that it was not frivolous, but rather meritorious, the latter being the antonym of frivolous.
I wonder what the next foundation lawsuit will be. How about Christmas? And they should change their name to what their goal really is: "Freedom from God," because God is religion.That settles it then, if God is religion. Because in that case, the law orders the president to proclaim a day when the people of the United States "turn to religion in prayer and meditation at churches."
There is no acknowledgment in the law of synagogues, mosques, adobe huts, nor any other non-Christian buildings, incidentally.