On the Nation Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 6, Devout Catholic President Joe Biden broke a tradition with his proclamation by skipping “God” from his speech. 

In his proclamation, Biden, as a typical Democrat, stressed climate change and racial justice but made the mistake of forgetting to reference “God” or any deity, unlike his predecessors George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. The latter would include the word God eight times, with three more citations in 2020, seven times in 2019, and five times both in 2018 and 2017. 

President Biden’s press release read, “As we continue to confront the crises and challenges of our time—from a deadly pandemic, to the loss of lives and livelihoods in its wake, to a reckoning on racial justice, to the existential threat of climate change—Americans of faith can call upon the power of prayer to provide hope and uplift us for the work ahead.” 

In replacement for “God,” the most religious words included in Biden’s proclamation were “many religions and belief systems,” “the divine on this planet,” and the “power of prayer.”

Although it could be unfair to say that he completely omitted God from his speech, as when the president had some words on the notorious CCP Virus pandemic, he said that the materialization of its vaccine was “by the grace of God.”

At least Biden had some remarks relating to American’s First Amendment, one of the critical things citizens of the country started decrying during the early days of his presidency. 

“The First Amendment to our Constitution protects the rights of free speech and religious liberty, including the right of all Americans to pray. These freedoms have helped us to create and sustain a Nation of remarkable religious vitality and diversity across the generations.”

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