Houses Passes Measure Calling For Day Of Prayer And Fasting

The House of Representatives has passed a resolution calling on President George W. Bush to issue a proclamation declaring a day of prayer and fasting to support the war in Iraq.

The resolution passed 346-49 March 27. It calls on Bush to proclaim a "day for humility, prayer and fasting...in order to secure the blessings and protection of Providence for the people of the United States and our armed forces."

Elsewhere the resolution asserts that "through prayer, fasting and self-reflection, we may better recognize our own faults and shortcomings and submit to the wisdom and love of God in order that we may have guidance and strength in those daily actions and decisions we must take. "

The resolution also states, "[D]angers and threats to our Nation persist and, in this time of peril, it is appropriate that the people of the United States, leaders and citizens alike, seek guidance, strength, and resolve through prayer and fasting...."

The resolution was introduced by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.). During floor debate, Akin cited previous examples of religious proclamations.

Said Akin, "If we really think about what is the glue that defines America, what holds us together as a people, it is that belief that there is a God who grants to all of us certain basic and unalienable rights the right to life, the right to liberty, the right to pursue the dream that God puts into everybody's heart."