Thursday, April 18, 2013

Atheists Seek to End MS Annual Prayer Breakfast; Hattiesburg Annual Prayer Breakfast Will Be Held

In the latest assault on religious freedom, atheists in Hattiesburg, Mississippi are attempting to end an annual prayer breakfast, the Charisma News website reports today (April 18, 2013).

Alliance Defending Freedom has sent a letter to Hattiesburg mayor Johnny DuPree to encourage him to continue the Mayor's Annual Prayer Breakfast, despite an atheist group's false claims that the event is unconstitutional.

"Public officials should be able to recognize public prayer activities just as America's founders did," said Senior Counsel Austin Nimocks. "The mayor need not give in to the demands of activist groups that twist the true meaning of the First Amendment. He and the town of Hattiesburg are free to continue to participate in this long-revered American tradition."

The Mayor's Annual Prayer Breakfast -- set for May 2 -- coincides with the National Day of Prayer, a yearly event in which national, state, and local leaders of all faiths are invited to pray for the nation. The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress and was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

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