Specimens of the rumor, as repeatedly posted on Facebook:
- President Obama decided that there will no longer be a "National Day of Prayer" held in May. He doesn't want to offend anyone. Where was his concern about offending Christians last January when he allowed the Muslims to hold a day of prayer on the capitol grounds. As an American Christian "I am offended." if you agree, copy and paste ... no matter what religion you are. This country was built on freedom!
- Obama cancelled the National Day of Prayer 2010. Well done Obama, well done.
- Oh Our wonderful president is at it again .... he has cancelled the national day of prayer that is held at the white house every year .... sure glad I wasn't fooled into voting for him!
- Wow! Last year around the time of the National Day of Prayer, Obama stated that the United States is not a Christian Nation and this year He has officially cancelled the National Day of Prayer.
The truth: President Obama has not, in fact, canceled the National Day of Prayer. Per a 1988 Act of Congress setting the observance on the first Thursday of every May, the U.S. National Day of Prayer will take place as usual on May 6, 2010.
The event took place as scheduled last year as well, although newly-elected President Obama broke with George W. Bush's practice of holding a White House ceremony on the occasion.
Neither Obama nor any other White House entity stated that the ceremony was canceled so as "not to offend anybody."
You can read Barack Obama's 2009 National Day of Prayer Proclamation here.
Update: Nat'l Day of Prayer ruled unconstitutional
In a related development, a U.S. District Court judge in Wisconsin ruled the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional today, saying the observance, to quote AP, "amounts to a call for religious action." Despite the ruling, a White House spokesman said the President will recognize the National Day of Prayer with a public proclamation, as he did in 2009.
Update: National Day of Prayer 2010 Proclamation
Despite U.S. District Court ruling that it's unconstitutional, Obama issues National Day of Prayer 2010 Proclamation.