Religion, readability and the presidency: a historic combination
February 7th, 2013
10:11 AM ET
2 years ago

Religion, readability and the presidency: a historic combination

Washington (CNN) - Employing faith, whether calling for nationwide prayer or healing the nation by quoting scripture, is a presidential tradition as old as the office itself.

The nation’s first president, George Washington, was also the first to call for a National Day of Prayer, one of “fasting, humiliation and prayer” to “acknowledge the gracious interpositions of Providence.”

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  1. Sniffit

    "Employing faith, whether calling for nationwide prayer or healing the nation by quoting scripture, is a presidential tradition as old as the office itself."

    Employing faith, whether calling for nationwide prayer or healing the nation by quoting scripture, is a POLITICAL PANDERING TECHNIQUE as old as CIVILIZATION itself.

    FIFY.

    February 7, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. critical thinking

    President Carter is praying so hard for Obama to get re-elected, thereby handing off the title of Worst President in Modern Times.

    February 7, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Showing respect for religious beliefs is fine.

    Allowing religion to control government is NOT fine.

    February 7, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Tom

    Carter looks like he's praying that the 'Worst President Ever Award' will be taken from him and given to Obama. And Clinton is praying, well, we all know what he's praying for now don't we.

    February 7, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. Pete

    I can't believe the religious hypocrite Billy Graham is there..Years of fighting against Mormonism to turn around last election cycle and welcome the republicans Mormon moron Romney with open arms,how pathedic and as I stated before hypocritical but that's republicans isn't it!!How much did Romney put in Grahams hand to have him turn the other cheek,I'd like to be the fly on the wall there when that meeting happened,wouldn't you!!But religion is full of hypocrites isn't it as the catholic church, hospital after years of fighting contraception,abortion rights with Pres.Obamas ACA plan now state after they screwed up in a hospital said a fetus isn't considered a person till birth not at conception like they have fought for all these years,what hypocrites changing direction to benefit their ethical screwups right,but that's religion ,like politics in changing rules to what best suits them at the time,right!!

    February 7, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    Enough religion cult in the nation...

    February 7, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Facts don't Lie

    Personally I find nothing wrong with prayer and it should be done whenever and wherever the person wants to do it as long as their beliefs are not forced on others. What I do find somewhat objectionable are people that claim to be so pious being judgemental of others and even to the point of making fun of them. Religion and politics are a bad mix especially when those don't practice what they preach.

    February 7, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. theressarose77

    Great picture. I feel it needs to be said that the Congress woman not believing in Jesus Christ needs education.She should know today is the DAY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, every day has been even the day she was born.We live in the ANNO DOMINI,thank God and those who think Christ is a myth really need to change the date. She knows BCE AND CE are not legal.I have talked to congress,senators,all way up to General Assembly, they will tell you.Just change it if you think Jesus Christ is a myth, at least you won't be faking it. Right is Right and Wrong is Wrong. Thanks

    February 7, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:

    Showing respect for religious beliefs is fine.
    Allowing religion to control government is NOT fine.
    ---------------------------
    I agree. Religion has no place within the government of a democracy. Compromising becomes a sin, which makes it impossible to achieve. But, what happens when people's ideological beliefs become theological in nature?

    February 7, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |