President Joe Biden’s proclamation of the annual National Day of Prayer failed to include the word ‘God’, an omission that is drawing criticism from some religious leaders.
Biden, a devout Catholic, typically ends his public remarks with the phrase ‘May God bless you all, and God protect our troops’ – but his proclamation for Thursday’s Day of Prayer contained no such acknowledgement of a higher power.
‘Prayer has nourished countless souls and powered moral movements — including essential fights against racial injustice, child labor, and infringement on the rights of disabled Americans,’ the proclamation read in part.
‘Let us find in our prayers, however they are delivered, the determination to overcome adversity, rise above our differences, and come together as one Nation to meet this moment in history,’ it continued.
The omission of God drew critical headlines in the Christian press, and Franklin Graham, the evangelical Christian preacher, spoke out to express disappointment.
‘This is the National Day of Prayer. Of course we need to call on God, not just some generic gods, or some power in the air, but on God himself the creator,’ Graham told Fox News.
‘There’s no one else to pray to except to God,’ he added.
Graham speculated that the proclamation might have been written by a staffer and not even reviewed by Biden, saying ‘I don’t think Joe Biden would approve that one.’
‘Omitting God is a dangerous thing. He is who we as individuals and as a nation need to call on for help,’ Graham wrote in a Facebook post. ‘Prayers to anyone or anything else are to no avail.’
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Source: Daily Mail