Re "God Squad Tells You What to Do," Column Left, July 6: Robert Scheer chastises Congress for passing a resolution for a day of solemn prayer, by stating it "would order a free people on how to get right with their maker." Scheer fails to mention that this resolution is nonbinding and nondenominational and not an "order." This resolution may help or it may not; what is the harm? President Lincoln did virtually the same thing by asking for prayer and fasting in his National Day of Prayer proclamation in 1863, during the Civil War.
The Supreme Court and both houses of Congress begin each day with prayer. The Supreme Court affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress signed by President Truman declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.