Pres. Obama objects to FDR’s D-Day prayer at the World War II Memorial

A reader alerted me to the following.  I cannot say that I am surprised.

Obama Administration Opposes FDR Prayer at WWII Memorial
By Todd Starnes
Published November 04, 2011
| FoxNews.com

Republican lawmakers and conservative activists are expressing outrage after the Obama administration announced its objection to adding President Franklin Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The objection was noted during a congressional hearing on Rep. Bill Johnson’s, R-Ohio, bill — the “World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2011.”
“It is unconscionable that the Obama administration would stand in the way of honoring our nation’s distinguished World War II veterans,” Johnson said. “President Roosevelt’s prayer gave solace, comfort and strength to our nation and our brave warriors as we fought against tyranny and oppression.”

Roosevelt asked the nation to join him in prayer as U.S. and allied troops launched the invasion that led to the defeat of Nazi Germany. He asked God to give the allied troops courage and faith, saying, “With thy blessing we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy.”

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12 Responses to Pres. Obama objects to FDR’s D-Day prayer at the World War II Memorial

  1. Joseph-Mary says:

    No surprise. The ‘powers that be’ in our government are anti-Christian no matter how much they may claim otherwise.

    We need to change directions or we will continue down the slippery slope.

  2. Supertradmum says:

    My dad fought for years in France, Belgium and Germany, giving his youth to the cause of right in World War II. He was in the Battle of the Bulge and he went for months without Mass or Communion or Confession, which was a great sacrifice for him. These veterans deserve this prayer, at the least.

  3. jhayes says:

    Reading the Fox News article linked above, there seem to have been a kind of escalation by headline of this story.

    According to the Fox News story, someone from a federal agency was called to testify before Congress and said there is a law against altering completed monuments – I take it that means that you can’t decide to add more quotations to the Lincoln Memorial to stand alongside the Gettysburg Address.

    The Fox News headline escalated that appearance by one bureaucrat to being that the whole “Obama Administration” opposes adding an inscription.

    The headline here escalates it another step – to “President Obama” opposes adding an inscription.

    Before everyone gets too worked up about his, may I suggest that we wait to hear what the administration’s and the President’s positions are on this?

  4. jhayes says:

    Reading the Fox News article linked above, there seem to have been a kind of escalation by headline of this story.

    According to the Fox News story, someone from a federal agency was called to testify before Congress and said there is a law against altering completed monuments – I take it that means that you can’t decide to add more quotations to the Lincoln Memorial to stand alongside the Gettysburg Address.

    The Fox News headline escalated that appearance by one bureaucrat to being that the whole “Obama Administration” opposes adding an inscription.

    The headline here escalates it another step – to “President Obama” opposes adding an inscription.

    Before everyone gets too worked up about his, may I suggest that we wait to hear what the administration’s and the President’s positions are on this?

  5. tealady24 says:

    So, how again, did this disgrace get to be president? He HATES this country.

  6. Gulielmus says:

    I wish the memorial had included the prayer when it was built, but as a DC resident I am witness to the constant deluge of proposals to “improve” every monument and memorial, and I think the existing law is necessary. And yes, Fox’s take on the story is just silly– I imagine if the official had testified in favor of the addition they’d have said the administration (or the president himself) was flouting the law forbidding such alterations.

  7. irishgirl says:

    I’m with you, tealady24: ‘how did this disgrace get to be President?’
    Another reason to deny him another term in office come this time next year….
    My late dad and three of my [now-deceased] uncles fought in WWII. It would be a disgrace to their memory and the memories of all the veterans of that era to NOT have FDR’s D-Day Prayer on the memorial!
    Overrule Obama’s objection and let the Prayer be added!

  8. Supertradmum says:

    jhayes,

    POTUS has a record of not being religious or a Christian in any sense that you and I would recognize (look at the Black Liberation Theology websites) and he is fully behind all the “administrations” decisions against the Catholic Church and other established Christian faiths. Why do you stick up for this man, when all you need to do is follow his history? If we do not preserve religion, specifically prayer, in the public sphere, it will disappear and real Faith will be persecuted more and more.

  9. Supertradmum says:

    jhayes,

    Let me help you critique POTUS. His prevailing philosophy, outside of narcissism and egotism, is Post-Modernism. The Post-Modernist does not believe in authority, or the prevailing of authority of tradition, only the authority of subjectivity and individualism. The Post-Modernist politician, such as Rahm Emanuel and Hillary, no longer really believe in a democracy of and by the people, but only of and by their own lights. The only “real” is the “me”. There is no transcendent God and no spiritual reality outside of the ego. Such ideals as “citizenship”, or “public discourse”, or “hierarchy” has no meaning for the Post-Modernist. Experimentation abounds, as there are no real moral rules except what works, so utilitarianism is the name of the game,, but only in reference to themselves. Why a prayer for the vets would stick in the gut of the Post-Modernist is that he would then have to, perhaps, admit that there are plebians out there who still believe in what he does not. Sorry this sounds harsh, but I was surrounded by these types in academia, where they wreaked havoc,and now they are the new elite politicians wreaking havoc in the more public sphere.

  10. Fortiter Pugnem says:

    “America is great because America is good. When America ceases to be good, it will cease to be great” ~Alexis de Tocqueville. Hmm… And we won’t even pray for our fallen…

  11. Supertradmum says:

    “With thy blessing we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy.” Wow, a Post-Modernist would have trouble with “thy”, “blessing”, “we”, “prevail”,”unholy”, “our” and “enemy”. No wonder the prayer was kiboshed.

  12. PostCatholic says:

    You know, I find it odd that while you often so carefully red line media reports and complain about sloppy journalism when it pertains to the church, you’re nevertheless willing to go along with it when it pertains to people with whom you have a quarrel. It’s disingenuous and lacks integrity. As a Latinist and as a philosopher with what I know is a sound education, you ought to be able to spot the logical fallacy in this Fox News report and, if not correct it, at least not amplify it.