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Prayer day opportunity to unite

This past Thursday, several events were held in recognition of the National Day of Prayer. While these events can sometimes have a stigma placed on them, the annual acknowledgement isn’t about a particular faith, denomination or viewpoint.

When Congress enacted the designation, it was not about promoting or enforcing a specific set of beliefs, but rather to allow Americans to come together with a sense of unity through prayer if they so choose.

All too often in today’s world, people on both sides of the coin take a radical approach to discussions regarding religion. In some cases, it can be those people who are so affixed on their views, religions and beliefs that they force them on others who believe something different. At the same time, those on the other side push back with keeping religion out of everything. Both ultimately miss the boat and simply go too far.

With celebrations throughout the county, region and country for the National Day of Prayer, we must remember this day is about the right to say a prayer to whomever and for whatever reason the individual or group chooses.

At the end of the day, if commonalities can be found among those who have differing views on religions and beliefs, our country and communities will grow stronger.