Arizona Day of Prayer is Inappropriate

A letter-to-the-editor by Dr. Harold Saferstein, longtime AHA member and Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix member, was printed in The Arizona Republic on Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal for an Arizona Day of Prayer.

The Arizona Republic


March 22, 2011

Governor Brewer wants our AZ legislators to establish a state day of prayer.

It seems to me that those of us who find benefit in prayer can pray any and every day and those of us who do not, may be offended by the idea.

Why challenge the first amendment of the US Constitution which clearly forbids government involvement in religion? Why invite expensive law suits over this issue? And lastly, why offend the approximately 15% of us who prefer to live our lives without the imposition of any religion?

Harold L. Saferstein, MD