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Are Presidential proclamations for thanksgiving and prayer unconstitutional?

Over the years we have written multiple posts featuring noteworthy Presidential proclamations for days of thanksgiving, humiliation, and prayer, and have listed quite a few on the Rare & Early Newspapers website. Not too long ago we came across an issue of The Boston Investigator for November 10, 1880 [1] which contained an article focused on a view that such proclamations are/were unconstitutional. So, although we passionately disagree with this opinion, in an effort to be fair and balanced, we present the article below. Feel free to respond with your thoughts.

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#1 Comment By Terry Livingston On 07/15/2017 @ 7:17 am

Thank you for sharing. In my reading of the various public addresses by Washington and Adams (from my personal collection of Hughes historic newspapers) , it seems certain that they would not agree with the sentiments regarding a Divine Being as reflected in this selection, and as ascribed here to Jefferson. May God bless our beloved United States.

#2 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 07/17/2017 @ 9:32 am

Hello Terry – Thank you very much for your response. 🙂