Activist Liberal Judge: National Day Of Prayer Is Unconstitutional

This is why bad federal judicial appointments are worth fighting:

The commie left was at it again yesterday…

Barbara Brandriff Crabb
has been a federal district court judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin since Jimmy Carter nominated her in 1979.

A Wisconsin federal judge ruled that the National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional on Thursday.
CNS News

Conservative legal experts say a federal district judge in Wisconsin had no legal basis for declaring the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional – and predict the decision cannot stand.

“If the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional, then the Constitution itself if unconstitutional,” Mathew Staver, president of Liberty Counsel and dean of the Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Va., told

“The National Day of Prayer – or prayer itself – is older than the Constitution,” Staver said. “There is no question it will be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

In a decision released Thursday, U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb in Madison,Wis., declared unconstitutional a 1988 federal law giving the president the authority to designate the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer.

Appointed by a far Leftist, do we really expect anything else? Elections have consequences, and the authority to appoint federal judges is one of the biggest ones. Rulings like this one really illustrate that it is critical to insist that judges at all levels simply uphold existing law rather than re-write it from the bench. Similar to how we’ve seen numerous times a single judge with an agenda overrule a majority of a state’s voters on gay marriage, this is one radical Leftist trying to enforce her own views onto everyone else. Unfortunately, these attacks are coming more frequently, and seeking ever greater restrictions on our freedom and American heritage.

Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner blasts the ruling:

“America has recognized national days of prayer dating back to the Second Continental Congress in 1775. These annual observances allow us to honor the important role prayer has played in our nation’s history and our daily lives. By celebrating a National Day of Prayer, we honor our Constitution’s protection of religious expression. While I am pleased to see that President Obama will still issue a proclamation recognizing this year’s National Day of Prayer, I hope that he will direct the Justice Department to appeal this troubling ruling. It violates both well-established legal precedent and the spirit of the principles on which our nation was founded.”

Yes, it does. That’s why the liberal Left does it – they hate the principles this nation was founded on, and are actively and aggressively trying to destroy them. If this doesn’t illustrate the point perfectly, nothing will.

John McCormack asks a poignant question:

Does that mean Lincoln’s Thanksgiving proclamation was unconstitutional as well?

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

So did Ben Franklin, at the original Constitutional Convention:

“All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?”

A few other guys had some things to say on the subject, too:

“Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.”
— Samuel Adams —

“[I]t is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand….The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a great Measure, than they have it now, They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty.”
— John Adams —

“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.”
— George Washington —

Eh, what do they know?

Regardless, this is about as disturbing as it gets, even if the appeal succeeds. I’m not convinced that Obama’s DOJ will make such an appeal, and even if they do, I’m not convinced they’ll work terribly hard to succeed. Remember, this is the same guy who refuses to have a NDOP service at the White House and canceled a flyover at a ‘God and Country’ rally, which has been a decades-long tradition. To add insult to injury, he did all this while celebrating Ramadan. I’d actually be more surprised if he did fight this ruling than if he didn’t.

Bottom line: I think Gateway Pundit hits the nail on the head when he said, “They will not be content until Christianity is erased from society.”

It must be stopped, starting now.

There’s my two cents.


I'm a gun-owning, Bible-thumping, bitter clinger conservative in the heartland. You can disagree with me if you want (you do, after all, have a right to be wrong)...just don't be rude or stupid and we'll get along just fine! :)

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