A federal judge in Wisconsin struck down the National Day of Prayer earlier this month, claiming it was unconstitutional. In South Carolina, Charleston Representative Chip Limehouse has drafted legislation that calls for what would be known officially as a State Day of Prayer.
“It’s an assault on religion in America by the courts. My legislation speaks against that. I think this judge is anti-prayer and when you are anti-prayer in this country, I think 80 percent or 90 percent of this country is Christian, you’re against a lot of Christian folks,” says Limehouse.
Limehouse says he hopes other states will follow his attempt to stand against the opposition on the National Day of Prayer.
“How could you be against prayer? It’s a State Day of Prayer, if it passes. If you want to pray, then pray. If you don’t want to pray, you certainly don’t have to pray. It’s a non-issue other than the fact that it speaks loudly against a judge who would have the nerve to strike down a National Day of Prayer. To me, that’s about as un-American as one can get,” says Limehouse.
Limehouse has not yet introduced his bill.
Since 1988, the National Day of Prayer was the first Thursday of May.