Commentary: Ban on National Day of Prayer would have serious implications

Who do you thank at Thanksgiving?

That's not an idle question and it concerns the news of the day.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb in Wisconsin has ruled the National Day of Prayer that Congress established 58 years ago amounts to a call for religious action and should be banned.

According to The Associated Press, Crabb said in her ruling that the government can no more enact laws supporting a day of prayer than it can encourage citizens to fast during Ramadan, attend a synagogue or practice magic.

The judge stayed her order until appeals can be sorted out.

There will be one, for sure.

President Obama's administration already has filed an appeal through the Department of Justice, even as dozens of members of Congress look to pass a law making the National Day of Prayer legal in case appeals fail.

"The American people believe in prayer. The American people believe that prayer changes things," the AP quoted Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind.

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