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Praying for our Leaders – Judge denies atheist's lawsuit to prevent prayer at Bush inauguration

Monday, January 17th, 2005

   I am a firm believer in the separation of the Church and State, for it is a dangerous situation to allow either to govern the other. With that said, there are those who take this separation to extreme ends. Michael Newdow, an atheist who tried to bar the saying of a Christian prayer at Mr. Bush's inauguration has lost this bid. Click here for the full story.

Newdow argued that saying a Christian prayer at the January 20 ceremony would violate the Constitution by forcing him to accept unwanted religious beliefs.

   If hearing did bring instant conversion then it would only follow logic that hearing an atheist would make us all atheists. We would all have to walk around with earplugs less our minds be so easily changed. Now, there might be an argument to be made about school prayers, but not in this case.

   The truth is that I am not a supporter of Mr. Bush, which means he is more in my prayers than not. I pray that God will be able to get through to him and place a compassionate heart in him. Whether we are of the same party of any given President should not determine if we pray for him. I know for many this is a touchy subject, but we must not confined God to any political persuasion.

   This is my prayer from Mr. Bush, “Lord, I pray that you will guild George W. Bush. Help him to work to the benefit of all the American people and not just the wealthy. Please, give him the wisdom that surpasses his own, help him to bring peace to the world. We all pray dear Lord, that all those in need will be helped. In the name of our precious Savior, Amen.