Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today criticized the decision by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb, which found the National Day of Prayer to be unconstitutional. 

Ranking Member Smith: “To many American families, prayer is part of their everyday life.  It is regrettable that a federal judge has called the simple national recognition of prayer–which imposes no duties or burdens on any American–unconstitutional.  The decision undermines the values of religious freedom that America was founded upon.  What’s next?  Declaring the federal holiday for Christmas unconstitutional?

“The Justice Department should immediately appeal this decision.  And for those Americans whose beliefs lead them to pray, I assure you that Congress will do everything in its power to protect the National Day of Prayer.”