JEWS ATTACK NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER COMMITTEE
By Rev. Ted Pike
21 Apr 08
Has the religious right "hijacked" the National Day
of Prayer to exclude other faiths? The anti-evangelical watchdog
on First" claims it has. It says the National
Day of Prayer Taskforce (associated with Dr. Dobson's Focus on
the Family) discriminates against non-Christian Jews who want to
participate in this Christian organization. It alleges that many
other Christian national prayer groups should be prevented from similar
discrimination. Jews on First says such organizations violate non-Christians'
civil rights by requiring members be Christian.
Jews on First is now organizing a national
protest. They offer two options to state governors: rescind
their annual proclamation of the May 1st National Day of Prayer;
or substitute it with an "Inclusive National Day of Prayer."
These Jewish activists claim their protest has been joined by "dozens
of religious, civil rights, and social justice organizations."
Jews on First has everything upside down. The National Day of Prayer
was proclaimed in 1775 by Gen. George Washington to encourage all religions to promote fasting and prayer in
their own ways. Recent
massive observance was spearheaded by Focus on the Family in the
late eighties. Dr. Dobson's group encouraged observance from a Christian
perspective yet made it abundantly clear that people of all religions
are welcome to observe the National Day of Prayer as they see fit.
Nothing prevents Jews, Muslims, etc. from creating their own national
prayer committees to contribute to this historic, national observance.
But Jews on First claims that Christians' celebration of this day
is discriminatory! It says Dobson's organization violates separation
of church and state by promoting state ceremonies with governors.
This might give the impression that government participated in religion!
Jews on First claims this violates the First Amendment.
The issue of national prayer is of special concern to our National
Prayer Network. Despite Focus on the Family's creation of a National
Prayer Committee in 1972, the National Day of Prayer was largely
forgotten by 1980. My father, Rev. Claude Pike, was very concerned.
He saw this day's powerful potential to help bring spiritual revival
and restoration to our nation. To publicize its reestablishment,
during the summer of 1980, my father, my brother John and I flew
our 1929 Bellanca (the first type to fly the Pacific in 1931) thousands
of miles across America . Our ancient monoplane towed a huge banner
urging "Pray for America !" Through a deafening loudspeaker
on the plane's belly, we proclaimed this message over many U.S. cities
and patriotic rallies. We flew from Portland , Oregon almost to New
York , through the South to Los Angeles and back to Portland . During
1980-1, our promotion was the only concerted national effort to restore
the National Day of Prayer, generating widespread publicity. In response,
Pres. Reagan invited my father and other new right leaders to the
White House. On February 6th, 1982 , they witnessed him sign a proclamation
that the National Day of Prayer be observed on the 1st Thursday of
May every year.
As religious leaders joined with us, we had a number of meetings
in Washington, D.C. (primarily under the new leadership of Dr. Bill
and Vonette Bright of Campus Crusade) to chart the course of public
observance of the National Day of Prayer. From the beginning, such
leaders were very forthright in welcoming persons of all faiths,
especially Jews. They encouraged every group to create their own
organization and promote the National Day of Prayer in their own
Christian evangelical groups eagerly created national and local
prayer committees. Today there are 40,000 Christian-oriented events
on the 1st Thursday of every May. Jews, however, do not respond in
the same way. Virtually no synagogues participate. After Pres. Reagan's
1982 proclamation, the Jewish-dominated American Civil Liberties
Union tried to bring a federal lawsuit to stop government endorsement
of the National Day of Prayer. (See, ACLU
Top Heavy with Jews) Fortunately, Congress approved the National
Day of Prayer in 1988 and the ACLU backed off. But the present campaign
by Jews on First is more of the same. Typically, Jews on First does
not recommend that Jews form their own prayer committees. Instead
they demand penetration into Christian groups or else, incredibly,
an end of the National Day of Prayer completely!
Will Christians Resist?
Unfortunately, because Jews on First is so conspicuously Jewish,
it is virtually certain no Christian evangelical organization --
or media -- will breathe a word of warning before or after May 1.
Consider the prevailing mindset of evangelicals: a divine curse attends
those who oppose God's "chosen people." Opposition to Jews
would mean losing vast support from "Israel-first" followers.
This leaves Jews on First virtually unchallenged in their campaign
to subvert and de-Christianize the National Day of Prayer. This also
leaves the National Prayer Network, and you, as the only opposition
to yet another offensive by liberal Jewish activists to strip Christian
America of its values, symbols and heritage.
The campaign by Jews on First can snowball in its effectiveness
if their distorted point of view is all governors hear before May
1. Make your voice heard NOW. Send the following letter
(perhaps as a petition with signatures from your church) to your
In 1775 George Washington proclaimed the National Day of Prayer
as a day to be participated in by all Americans. He wished members
of all faiths to organize and promote this solemn and reverent occasion
as they saw fit.
Many Christian organizations promote the National Day of Prayer
from a Christian perspective. They encourage other faiths to similarly
organize and participate in their own ways.
Yet some now accuse these Christian organizations of "discrimination" because
they require their members to be Christian. These critics request
governors to proclaim an "Inclusive National Day of Prayer" --
or issue no proclamation whatever!
Instead of changing the National Day of Prayer, these groups
should organize their own National Day of Prayer committees, observing
the National Day of Prayer in as they prefer.
This honors the wishes of Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Truman,
and Reagan, signers of National Day of Prayer proclamations.
Please do not amend your annual proclamation of the National
Day of Prayer. Do not change either its title or the date, the
1st Thursday of May, since these were both established upon the
wishes of our Presidents and Congresses. Thank you very much.
Highlights of the Pike's role in helpingto
reestablish the National Day of Prayer
Claude Pike, John Pike, Ted Pike prepare 1929 "Old Glory" Bellanca
for publicity tour around America, drawing attention for the need
to revive the National Day of Prayer.
Glory" flies above towns and cities across America towing an
aerial banner, with "PRAY FOR AMERICA" booming from a powerful
Glory" returns, laden with thousands of signed petitions calling
upon the President to re-instate the National Day of Prayer.
Reagan, before Rev. Pike and other national religious leaders, signs
the proclamation requiring that the first Thursday in May be observed
as National Day of Prayer.
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative
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