On Wednesday, President Biden, who has been touted as a “devout Catholic” by some, including White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, issued a proclamation for the National Day of Prayer, but did not mention God.
Biden started, “Throughout our history, Americans of many religions and belief systems have turned to prayer for strength, hope, and guidance. Prayer has nourished countless souls and powered moral movements — including essential fights against racial injustice, child labor, and infringement on the rights of disabled Americans. Prayer is also a daily practice for many, whether it is to ask for help or strength, or to give thanks over blessings bestowed.”
Biden did not say from whom the blessings were bestowed.
“The First Amendment to our Constitution protects the rights of free speech and religious liberty, including the right of all Americans to pray,” he continued. “These freedoms have helped us to create and sustain a Nation of remarkable religious vitality and diversity across the generations.”
Biden then segued to how prayer could enable people to confront issues such as “the existential threat of climate change,” proclaiming, “Today, we remember and celebrate the role that the healing balm of prayer can play in our lives and in the life of our Nation. As we continue to confront the crises and challenges of our time — from a deadly pandemic, to the loss of lives and livelihoods in its wake, to a reckoning on racial justice, to the existential threat of climate change — Americans of faith can call upon the power of prayer to provide hope and uplift us for the work ahead. As the late Congressman John Lewis once said, ‘Nothing can stop the power of a committed and determined people to make a difference in our society. Why? Because human beings are the most dynamic link to the divine on this planet.’”
Biden, whose administration is pursuing a leftist agenda and has pilloried the Trump administration consistently, concluded with another of his many calls for “unity”:
On this National Day of Prayer, we unite with purpose and resolve, and recommit ourselves to the core freedoms that helped define and guide our Nation from its earliest days. We celebrate our incredible good fortune that, as Americans, we can exercise our convictions freely — no matter our faith or beliefs. Let us find in our prayers, however they are delivered, the determination to overcome adversity, rise above our differences, and come together as one Nation to meet this moment in history.
Fox News noted of former Presidents Trump and Obama: “Trump’s 2017 proclamation mentioned God five times, his 2018 proclamation mentioned God five times, his 2019 proclamation mentioned God seven times and his 2020 proclamation mentioned God 11 times. … Obama’s 2011 proclamation contained two references to God.”