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In The Name Of The “Founders” Beck Hijacks Yom Kippur

09/23/2009
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shape-writing_fabien_udr_01It appears that Glenn “Joe McCarthy” Beck has hijacked the Jewish Holiday Yom Kippur and is trying to make it a “National day of Fast and Prayer for the Republic.”

Beck in a “tweet” on September 19th stated: “Sept 28. Lets make it a day of Fast and Prayer for the Republic. Spread the word. Let us walk in the founders steps.”

Aaron Keyak, Press Secretary for the National Jewish Democratic Council, has given three reasons why he thinks Beck made this move. You can read Mr. Keyak’s reasoning in a post titled Glenn Beck: The Grinch That Stole Yom Kippur.

I was intrigued with Beck’s admonition “Let us walk in the founders steps” especially when there is already an established “National Day of Prayer.”

Dare To Dream readers will remember a post I did on Stephen Waldman’s book Founding Fathers, Founding Faith, which dealt with the pains that the founders took to make sure that there was a distinct separation of church and state. Waldman even points out that Jefferson and Madison resisted the idea of a National Day of Prayer.

There have been several national days of prayer in America even before it was made official in 1952 by President Harry Truman.

The Continental Congress issued a day of prayer in 1775 and President John Adams declared May 9th, 1798 as a day of “solemn humiliation, fasting and prayer.”

It has been mistakenly reported that prayers were conducted at the Constitutional Convention, which adopted the U.S. Constitution but it seems that Benjamin Franklin may have suggested prayer but his own notes recorded that the convention “except for three or four persons, thought prayers unnecessary.” His suggestion to pray was met politely but with some obvious embarrassment and scholars note that the delegates quickly adjourned. So much for following the steps of the “founders.”

Later, Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation for a day of “National prayer and humiliation” to be held the “30th day of April, 1863.”

On April 17, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill that proclaimed a National Day of Prayer but in 1988, President Ronald Reagan amended the law decreeing that the National Day of Prayer should be held on the first Thursday of May.

So why is Beck hijacking Yom Kippur when the Nation already has a day of observance for “prayer and fasting”?

Could one of the reason Beck has rejected the traditional day of prayer is because in 2004, Mormons, which Beck is a member, were barred from conducting services during National Day of Prayer ceremonies by the group’s task force chairwoman, Shirley Dobson?

It is equally interesting that Beck invokes the “founders” and their faith when his church believes that the Holy Bible, which the founders would have taken assurance in, has been corrupted by the Catholic Church and is in error. The Book of Mormon is the true book and since the founding fathers were around way before Joseph Smith, and Mormonism, Beck’s call to piety in their name, leaves a lot to question.

So in the name of the “founders” Beck hijacks Yom Kippur, even tho America already has a National Day of Prayer. It will be interesting to see what Beck does with Christmas?

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