There is no problem when Americans -- including public officials -- gather to pray. Questions properly arise, however, when the government, by an official act of Congress, urges citizens to engage in a religious exercise.
I continue to be fascinated by the controversy and commentaries connected to the National Day of Prayer! What is most striking is the more extreme the view, the less knowledge there is about the designated "adversary."
Media reports on the recent National Day of Prayer controversies peddle a common tale: religious pluralism has undermined the American practice of harmonious prayer. However, no storyline could be further from historical reality.