Religious and Civic Leaders Debate about National Day of Prayer

May 1, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

On May 1, 2003 Contra Costa Times reported that "some critics contend the [National Day of Prayer], which marks its 52nd year today, has become co-opted in recent years by evangelical Christians, who have transformed the national day into an event meant to further a socially conservative agenda... Even within the Christian community, some theologians contend that the day excludes those who don't consider Jesus Christ their savior."