National Day of Prayer on the ropes, but faith-based health coverage is alive and well

The National Day of Prayer is in danger, not from President Obama, as many people think, but instead from a federal court judge who thinks it involves the establishment of religion. Meanwhile, private prayers are flourishing. There is a faith-based health insurance plan in which members agree to a “Biblical lifestyle” including no adultery, no smoking, no drugs or alcohol and regular church attendance. Premiums appear to be much lower than with conventional insurance. Members pray for the health of other members.

Now that’s a faith-based initiative I can get behind!

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Geoff B graduated from Stanford University (class of 1985) and worked in journalism for several years until about 1992, when he took up his second career in telecommunications sales. He has held many callings in the Church, but his favorite calling is father and husband. Geoff is active in martial arts and loves hiking and skiing. Geoff has five children and lives in Colorado.

3 thoughts on “National Day of Prayer on the ropes, but faith-based health coverage is alive and well

  1. From today’s Deseret News:

    Referring to numerous Day of Prayer events sponsored by the National Day of Prayer Task Force, which limits prayers to those from evangelical Christians, Caru Das of the Hari Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork said, “I have only recently learned that many of the National Day of Prayer services exclude non-Christians as well as Mormons. Thoughts have different ways.”

    Why do we want the government endorsing this kind of behavior?

  2. Those bigots have been running National Day of Prayer services since the 90s. I remember there was a big stink around here about it a couple of years ago when a memo surfaced saying organizers should make sure only Christians offered the prayer and not to let non-Christians like Mormons and Muslims do it (though they were allowed to attend the events).

    I observed it the same way I do every year, by ignoring it and having my regular family prayer in the morning and night.

  3. Last Lemming and JJohnson- Let’s face it some/a lot of Evangelicals do not like us. In the religion world, some/ a lot do not like us. Except for the Catholics, I can’t think of any religion that generally likes us. Thank about what some in our church ( in the past) have said about Catholics. As Christians, exclusions by others, should not stop us from behaving as Christians. Instead we need to turn the other cheek, and love instead. The more they get to know us, then the barriers will come down. We just have to get out of our own exclusive little comfort zone. Attend and pray with other Christians can be a powerful thing.

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