Are Presidential proclamations for thanksgiving and prayer unconstitutional?

June 26, 2017 by  
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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 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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2 Responses to “Are Presidential proclamations for thanksgiving and prayer unconstitutional?”

  1. Terry Livingston on July 15th, 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. GuyHeilenman on July 17th, 2017 9:32 am

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

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