The Puerto Rico House of Representatives passed legislation this week establishing the National Day of Prayer on the first Thursday in May.
Because they believe in pandering to the voters as much as politicians in the U.S.
“Over the years, Puerto Ricans have always been distinguished by their faith. This even is part of our history as a people. Today, in every corner of our country, people of all faiths come to God through prayer and meditation. In the US, (since) President Washington to date, all presidents have declared the first Thursday of May as “National Day of Prayer.” At the federal level, the national day of observation, was formally signed into law in 1952 by the adoption of 36 USC 119, which mandates annually to the President of the United States to declare by proclamation the first Thursday of May as the Day National Prayer. Therefore, this legislation, part consonant with the federal legislation is enacted, to enact the first Thursday of May of each year as “National Day of Prayer of Puerto Rico. Prayer tool for reflection and family unity, so necessary in our country,” [Rep. Víctor Vassallo Anadón] said in a press release.
Actually, what’s necessary are elected officials who pass meaningful legislation to get things done, not politicians trying to score cheap points with a religious majority fully capable of praying on their own.
I’ve reached out to the Humanistas Seculares de Puerto Rico for comment on the legislation and will post an update if/when I hear back from them.
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