Maybe I’m overreacting, but this seems a bit much to me. I always have had trouble understanding how a Constitutional provision that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” became a nearly absolute wall between church and state. I became more perplexed after reading some of the Supreme Court cases and seeing the process by which this has become the apparent law of the land. But at times it seems to me that it’s a one-way wall, blocking anything Christian while allowing almost anything non-Christian.
So now comes word that the Director of the federal Bureau of Land Management has barred the adding of Franklin Roosevelt’s prayer on D Day from being added to a plaque on the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Roosevelt asked the nation to join him in prayer as U.S. and allied troops launched the invasion that led to the defeat of Nazi Germany. He asked God to give the allied troops courage and faith, saying, “With thy blessing we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy.”
But Robert Abbey, director of the Bureau of Land Management said: “It is not a judgment as to the merit of this new commemoration, simply that altering the Memorial in this way, as proposed in HR 2070, will necessarily dilute this elegant memorial’s central message and its ability to clearly convey that message to move, educate, and inspire its many visitors.”
I just don’t see how this simple prayer would “dilute [the] central message” or would detract from moving, educating, or inspiring the visitors.
Just had to get that off my chest.