Thursday was the Tenth Annual Day of Prayer at the state Capitol. This year the national event focused on our troops overseas and government.
The Tenth Annual National Day of Prayer celebration was clearly Christian oriented, but there was no mention of Muslims and no Jewish presence, and a prayer for the media came across to some as threatening.
Mike Floyd, radio station owner, said, "Lord let us have an anointing for broadcast. Lord if someone is not willing to obey you, move them out and put someone else in that will obey you."
This is the smallest crowd in the ten-year history of the National Day of Prayer in this city. In addition to that, organized religion and government have seen some setbacks this year.
While school children clearly recited, the fate of those words remaining in the pledge is in limbo and will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In Alabama, federal courts banned a display of a Ten Commandments monument. The American Civil Liberties Union, which supports prayer everywhere but in government, says the courts have been doing their job.
Larry Spalding with the ACLU, says, "When government and prayer come together in a political context, it's a false fix."
State officials say even if the national prayer event favored one religion, that's okay.
"I think we have opposite views on a lot of things opened right here in front of everyone. That's what the United States is all about," says Sen. Dab Webster, (R) Orlando.
In the past, state lawmakers have defeated most ideas to mix church and state. Jeb Bush is a regular at these Capitol prayer celebrations, but he was a no show this year. The governor was in Washington, DC for a series of meetings and for a Florida congressional dinner.
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