UPDATE: August 13,2010 ….Obama is having yet another Iftar dinner today at the White House with his Muslim buddies.
Well, well, well, Obama cancels the National Day of Prayer Ceremony. No shock here is it? But he didn’t mind celebrating Iftar dinner last September 2009 with the Muslims after canceling last years National Day of Prayer Ceremony as well. What an insult to every Christian in America and the founding fathers.
Obama cancelled 2010 White House National Day of Prayer ceremony
Obama cancelled 2010 White House National Day of Prayer ceremony. The National Day of Prayer has historically been the first Thursday in May, since Harry S. Truman put it into effect in 1952, but wasn’t official until the days of Ronald Reagan.
For eight years, the White House held a celebration on the National Day of Prayer, and last year Obama cancelled the celebration, and the ceremony has been cancelled for 2010. In 2009, CNN reported that Obama was toning down the National Day of Prayer by cancelling the White House ceremony, but that the official day was not cancelled.
The National Day of Prayer was created to remind people to pray for family, friends, the country, etc. It wasn’t created for a specific religion, but for anyone who wanted to participate.
In the past, many Presidents worried that making the National Day of Prayer official may cross the line at keeping church and state separate. While cancelling the National Day of Prayer ceremony has some people upset, and others have no opinion.
Kevin Coburn, from Salt Lake City said, “People shouldn’t care about the National Day of Prayer being cancelled. If people want to pray, they should, but they don’t need a special day set aside for it.”
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Well the President didn’t have any problem celebrating a Iftar Dinner with Muslims in the White House on Sept. 1, 2009. So what’s up with the Christians and the National Day of Prayer Ceremony?
President Obama Hosts a White House Iftar Dinner during Ramadan
As America recognizes the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, President Obama says, “we also celebrate how much Muslims have enriched America and its culture.” (I might have a lapse in memory, but I don’t remember how they’ve enriched America and certainly not enriched it’s culture)
“The contributions of Muslims to the United States are too long to catalog because Muslims are so interwoven into the fabric of our communities and our country,” (Oh really?…Let’s see that catalog of contributions.) Obama said at a White House iftar meal September 1.(Just after he cancelled the Christian National Day of Prayer Ceremony 2 1/2 months earlier.) Ramadan is a period of reflection and devotion that includes daily fasting from sunrise to sunset. The iftar is a meal that breaks the daily fast after sunset.
Joining Obama were members of his Cabinet, members of the diplomatic corps in Washington and members of Congress, including Representatives Keith Ellison of Minnesota and André Carson of Indiana, who are the first two Muslims to serve in the U.S. Congress.
After the president spoke, he joined his guests at the dinner, which was held in the State Dining Room, whose tables were covered in green tablecloths featuring tall white tapers surrounding floral centerpieces. Outside the dining room in the Grand Foyer was a round table that held a raised platter of dates, a traditional feature of the iftar meal.
“For well over a billion Muslims, Ramadan is a time of intense devotion and reflection,” the president said. “It’s a time of service and support for those in need. And it is also a time for family and friends to come together in celebration of their faith, their communities and the common humanity that all of us share.” (What an insult to every Christian in this country to celebrate this in the White House, just after he canceled the National Day of Prayer Ceremony with Christians just prior to this in April 2009 and now 2010, but he’s not a Muslim?)
“It is in that spirit that I welcome each and every one of you to the White House,” Obama added.
White House iftars have been held for the past eight years.(But didn’t cancel the National Day of Prayer Ceremony until Obama)
“Together, we have a responsibility to foster engagement grounded in mutual interest and mutual respect,” Obama said in his opening remarks at the White House iftar. “That is central to the new beginning that I’ve sought between the United States and Muslims around the world. And that is a commitment that we can renew once again during this holy season.”
“Tonight, we celebrate a great religion and its commitment to justice and progress,” Obama said.
A complete transcript of the president’s remarks is available on America.gov.