Reaching Beyond the Border

Family Action of Tennessee, FACT’s sister organization, has joined several others groups to reverse the ruling of an activist judge who thinks she can singlehandedly overturn 200 years of religious freedom in America.

Many don’t realize that The Family Action Council of Tennessee and its legislative arm, Family Action of Tennessee, is part of a nationwide network of pro-family public policy organizations. That allows us to have a greater reach and greater impact. In fact, the other day we took action to protect the National Day of Prayer.

Last Wednesday, Family Action of Tennessee signed onto an amicus brief filed by one of its sister organizations, Liberty Institute, in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the National Day of Prayer in Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Barack Obama.

You may recall that on April 15, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled the federal government’s observation of prayer is unconstitutional, despite numerous rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court that protect longstanding traditions of religious invocations.

Americans shouldn’t be forced to abandon their religious heritage simply to appease a political agenda. Judge Crabb’s ruling striking down the National Day of Prayer contradicts what our Constitution’s authors believed about the importance of religion to our society.

When Congress passed a statute in 1952 calling for the President to issue a proclamation designating the National Day of Prayer, it memorialized the virtually unbroken tradition of Presidents from Washington to Truman who designated a day of prayer.

The First Amendment clearly allows public officials to acknowledge our nation’s religious heritage. It’s outrageous that one activist judge has tried to undermine more than 200 years of American history.

The brief argues that not only is the National Day of Prayer constitutional, but that Judge Crabb’s ruling establishes active hostility to religion and must be reversed. Those represented in the brief alongside The Family Action of Tennessee include Dr. James Dobson, the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family Action (Citizenlink), the American Civil Rights Union, Let Freedom Ring, and Liberty Counsel, along with 27 other family policy councils located in states nationwide.