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Religion and nationhood on Memorial Day

President Bush’s Memorial Day Proclamation notes, as he has in the past, that today is supposed to be a day of prayer and remembrance.

Lest you regard this as further evidence of theocracy in the White House, consider these examples of past proclamations. The first such proclamation I can find in the most complete record of proclamations with which I’m familiar is JFK’s in 1961. There seems to be an unbroken tradition of proclamations since 1975.

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Indeed, there is little point in remembering the dead and NOT praying.

The word "prayer" is in the title and in effectuating part of the official proclamation, but the proclamation as a whole does not read like a prayer.

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