The Cybercast News Service website reports today that an atheist group is calling on President Obama to ditch the National Day of Prayer, and formally recognize its own "non-theist" version called "The National Day of Reason."
Although a federal judge in Madison, Wisconsin ruled last week that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional, President Obama will still formally recognize the National Day of Prayer on May 6, 2010 with a proclamation. The judge's order barring the observance does not take effect until the appeals process has been exhausted.
"The National Day of Reason includes all Americans and calls attention to a value that is essential to effective democracy," said David Noise, president of the American Humanist Association.
The court case involving the National Day of Prayer is expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.