Biden’s proclamation proclaiming national day of prayer omits the word ‘God’ – prompting Franklin Graham to respond ‘there is no one else to pray to’
- Thursday was the U.S. National Day of Prayer, a tradition codified in 1952
- Biden’s announcement of the event did not mention the word ‘God’
- It was criticized by conservative evangelical pastor Franklin Graham
- Previous Obama and Trump proclamations do contain the word ‘God’
- Biden is a devout Catholic who often ends his remarks: ‘God protect our troops’
The proclamation of President Joe Biden’s annual national day of prayer did not include the word “God”, an omission that sparks criticism from some religious leaders.
Biden, a devout Catholic, usually ends his public comments with the phrase “ May God bless you all and God protect our troops ” – but his proclamation for Thursday’s day of prayer did not include such a recognition of a higher power.
“Prayer has nurtured countless souls and powered moral movements – including vital fights against racial injustice, child labor, and violation of the rights of disabled Americans,” the proclamation read in part.
“In our prayers, however they are uttered, let us find the determination to overcome adversity, rise above our differences, and come together as one nation to face this moment in history,” it continued.
President Joe Biden’s proclamation of President Joe Biden’s annual national day of prayer did not include the word “ God, ” an omission that sparked criticism from some religious leaders
The omission of God made critical headlines in the Christian press, and Franklin Graham, the evangelical Christian preacher, expressed disappointment.
This is the national day of prayer. Of course we must invoke God, not just some general gods, or some power in the sky, but God Himself, the Creator, ”Graham said. Fox news.
“There is no one else to pray to God,” he added.
Graham speculated that the proclamation may have been written by a staff member and not even reviewed by Biden, saying, “I don’t think Joe Biden would approve.”
‘Leaving God out is dangerous. He is who we as individuals and as a nation should turn to for help, ”Graham wrote in a Facebook post. “Prayers to someone or something else are useless.”
Franklin Graham, the evangelical pastor, expressed disappointment
The National Day of Prayer, which is celebrated every year on the second Thursday of May, is a tradition that dates back to the founding of the country and was established in its present form in a 1952 law.
The tradition welcomes people of all faiths to participate by praying for the leaders and people of the country, and giving thanks for freedoms and blessings.
By law, the president is required to issue a proclamation declaring compliance, and previous proclamations Barack Obama and Donald Trump contained multiple references to God.
Trump’s invocation of God in the proclamations increased over the course of his tenure, with five mentions in 2017 and 2018, seven in 2019 and a whopping 12 in 2020.
In all of Obama’s proclamations, God was mentioned at least once, and some even three times.