(CNSNews.com) – In a proclamation designating May 5 as a National Day of Prayer, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States was “founded on the idea of religious freedom” and that the U.S. “will continue to stand up for those around the world who are subject to fear or violence because of their religion or beliefs.”
“Our country was founded on the idea of religious freedom, and we have long upheld the belief that how we pray and whether we pray are matters reserved for an individual's own conscience,” Obama wrote in the proclamation, which was posted on the White House website.
“On National Day of Prayer, we rededicate ourselves to extending this freedom to all people,” he said, adding that “we are reminded of the blessing we have to live in a land where we are able to freely express the beliefs we hold in our hearts.”
“The United States will continue to stand up for those around the world who are subject to fear or violence because of their religion or beliefs,” he wrote.
“As a Nation free to practice our faith as we choose, we must remember those around the world who are not afforded this freedom, and we must recommit to building a society where all can enjoy this liberty and live their lives in peace and dignity,” Obama added.
As Obama noted in his proclamation, “The Congress, by Public Law 100-307, as amended, has called on the President to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a ‘National Day of Prayer.’”
“I invite the citizens of our Nation to give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I join all people of faith in asking for God's continued guidance, mercy, and protection as we seek a more just world,” he wrote.