At least LePage isn’t pretending he doesn’t mean the Christian god

Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, has declared August 6 to be a day of prayer and fasting:

WHEREAS, in times of trouble, even those who have been granted power by the people must turn to God in humility for wisdom, mercy and direction. In the spirit of the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, Verses 15-16, I urge a solemn gathering of prayer and fasting. As those verses admonish: “15Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly … 16 Gather

the people, consecrate the assembly… “As Jesus prayed publicly for the benefit of others in

John II :41-42, so should we express our faith in this way.

NOW, THEREFORE, I PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim

August 6th as

A Day of Prayer and Fasting for Our Nation

This is highly exclusionary and a misuse of public office. LePage cannot constitutionally use the government of Maine to endorse a day of prayer. (The fasting will be good for him and other Mainers of his girth, though.) The only positive thing that can be taken from this is that at least LePage is being honest and not pretending like he’s declaring a day for all religions. It’s pretty obvious he just means his.

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6 Responses

  1. So sue him if you think you have correct legal interpretation.

  2. “Interpretation”, Nate? He’s a governor and he’s sponsoring religion. As I understand the first amendment, it doesn’t get any clearer than this.

    What I don’t understand is how high-ranking politicians can keep blatantly disregarding the law and getting away with it. They’re costing a lot of taxpayer money in lawsuits every time, yet I don’t think I’ve ever heard of one stepping down because of it.

  3. One would assume they get away with it because they don’t lose the suits.

    Sometime they win sometimes they lose. It is clear, Mr. Slater, that elected officials can do a certain amount of religioning. They still go to church and that’s a public spectacle. They make requests for prayers, they suggest praying, they so what every private citizen can do.

    The fact that a governor or president may declare a day for prayer is little different from recognizing or calling for the support of another group. It does not, in my opinion, constitute government establishment of religion.

    Besides, if we were to take a strict reading, Congress may not establish a state religion. However, many of the states had state churches for a while at the beginning of this nation. Mass had one until the 1830’s as I recall.

    At any rate, where this is still a somewhat foggy area, lawsuits are how these matter are resolved for the future. Surely you would be fore establishing precedents rather than leaving these questions open indefinitely.

    I’m not saying the states can currently or should establish churches, but it goes to show that it has never been a clearly defined line showing what level of government can do what.

    If you think you have a case sue, if you don’t sue, than you either don’t care enough or you don’t really believe you will prevail.

  4. Lets all call for a day of voodoo. Everyone gets a bobblehead LePage doll to stick pins into. Oh wait, that is exactly what what he is doing.

    The precedents have been set. Over and over.

  5. To be honest, I never saw LePage as the fasting type.

  6. I thought Jesus said it’s best to pray alone in a closet? Oh well….I have authored a prayer he might use:

    “Oh God, may you in your infinite Wisdom, transform our beloved State of Maine into a Marden’s, where distressed merchandise is sold at distressed prices by distressed employees to distressed customers. We ask this in Thy Tea Parties name. for the greater good of commerce. Amen

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