San Antonio participated in the National Day of Prayer held downtown in front of City Hall today. It was the 32nd consecutive observance in San Antonio of the National Day of Prayer established as a national annual event by a joint resolution of Congress, signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1952, and designated in 1988 for the first Thursday in May by President Ronald Reagan.
In San Antonio over 900 attended the well organized prayer event downtown with worship music, speeches, and group prayer. Cornerstone Church’s Sanctuary Choir and Praise team was excellent, uplifting the event attendees. Fourteen schools participated with students reading scripture. Political leaders who spoke and prayed included Mayor Ivy Taylor And District Attorney Nico LaHood. Mayor Ivy Taylor read the city’s proclamation for the 2017 Day of Prayer and prayed with the assembly. Read the National Day of Prayer composed for 2017.
Congratulations and blessings to the organizers and major contributors of the event, especially Suzanne Dollar, event coordinator; Lizette Miller of KLOVE Radio, and Scott Forsythe, Cornerstone High School Dean of Students.
President Donald Trump signed a proclamation today proclaiming “May 4, 2017, as a National Day of Prayer. I invite the citizens of our Nation to pray, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, in thanksgiving for the freedoms and blessings we have received, and for God’s guidance and continued protection as we meet the challenges before us.” Read proclamation
On the same day, the President signed an executive order at a White House Rose Garden ceremony attended by religious leaders affirming the Trump administration’s commitment to protect religious freedom and ease government imposed mandates related to Obamacare. In part the President said, “Faith is deeply embedded into the history of our country, the spirit of our founding and the soul of our nation. We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore.“
Some conservative voices believe the executive order did not go far enough. Alliance Defending Freedom’s newsletter expressed disappointment that it was “not clear how this executive order will provide concrete protection for religious freedom. This is a particular concern because the Johnson Amendment remains the law, and the President can’t change that through an executive order.”
The Catholic Bishops released a statement by Conference President Cardinal Di Nardo expressing that ” [t]oday’s Executive Order begins the process of alleviating the serious burden of the HHS mandate … In recent years, people of faith have experienced pressing restrictions on religious freedom from both the federal government and state governments that receive federal funding. For example, in areas as diverse as adoption, education, healthcare, and other social services, widely held moral and religious beliefs, especially regarding the protection of human life as well as preserving marriage and family, have been maligned in recent years as bigotry or hostility — and penalized accordingly. But disagreement on moral and religious issues is not discrimination; instead, it is the inevitable and desirable fruit of a free, civil society marked by genuine religious diversity.
“We will continue to advocate for permanent relief from Congress on issues of critical importance to people of faith. Religious freedom is a fundamental right that should be upheld by all branches of government and not subject to political whims.”