Group Told to Stop Praying in Jesus’ Name

A lot of buzz today over what the Daughters of the American Revolution have done. Apparantly DAR has scrubbed the name of Jesus Christ from all of its official documents. Not only that, but members can’t even say His name!  It’s causing quite a bit of anger as you can imagine. Todd Starnes files this report:

The Daughters of the American Revolution, one of the nation’s oldest patriotic organizations, has erased any mention of Jesus Christ in their official book, removed prayers and poems that reference Christian imagery, and directed members to refrain from praying in the name of Christ, an outraged group of members alleged.

The dispute has been brewing for more than a year when DAR members learned that the newly revised Ritual and Missal books – the primary guide for chaplains – were altered. They noticed that the name of Jesus Christ had been omitted.

The DAR president general did not return calls seeking comment for this story.

The members said DAR leadership made the changes to be politically correct and to accommodate new members of other religious beliefs.

A state chaplain in the organization notified members of their concerns in a newsletter.

“The newly updated Missal and Ritual was written to reflect the desire to be considerate of other belief systems,” the statement read. “The Chaplain General uses scripture from both the Old and New Testaments and prays in the name of God without reference Christ. Chapter and district chaplains need to follow the example set by the National Society.”

The statement also reminded members to “appreciate the differences in members’ religious beliefs and to adapt our rituals and prayers to respect these differences.”

That directive has infuriated rank and file members of the DAR – an organization that is deeply rooted in the Christian faith.

Several members of the DAR spoke with Fox News about their concerns – on the condition they remain anonymous.

“They are changing the legacy and intent of the Founding Ladies and rewriting the history of the Daughters of the American Revolution,” one member told Fox News. “How dare they? They’re supposed to be doing it out of inclusion. To me, it’s exclusion. If they are saying it’s because of religious tolerance – my question is – if someone is so incensed over the name of Jesus and words like ‘white crosses’ that reference soldiers who died for America – is it not they who are intolerant?”

The DAR has also reportedly eliminated an oath to the Constitution, a promise to respect the American flag, as well as patriotic hymns that reference God – including “America the Beautiful.”

Members were told those items were inadvertently left out of the revision and will be included in future publications.

“A group of us went through the Ritual and Missal and compared the old version and the new version,” another member told Fox News. “Every single prayer closing in the name of Jesus Christ no longer included the name of Jesus Christ.”

“For 122 years Christianity was included in the Daughters of the American Revolution,” said one member. “Without the name of Jesus Christ it is surely not Christianity. This has never been an issue until December of 2011.”

The DAR was founded in 1890 as a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization. Membership is open to any woman who can prove they are a lineal descendant of a patriot from the American Revolution. The organization has 170,000 members in 3,000 members.

The members said they tried to bring their concerns to the organization’s leadership but were rebuffed.

“The response from the leadership was one of being inclusive and being sensitive to non-Christians and other beliefs,” a member said. “The minority rules instead of the majority.”

One chaplain said it broke her heart to take Jesus out of the prayers and there are reports that some members have resigned.

The members said they were particularly disturbed that the changes were made without the vote or the approval of the 170,000 membership.

And many are perplexed over who might be so offended by the mere mention of the name of Christ.

“Who is it that is so incensed over the name of Jesus and any Christian symbol or reference – that they feel like they have to eliminate it from the Daughters of the American Revolution,” one member asked.

They said Christianity had never been forced on any members but to remove it from the historic organization’s documents is a “deception and twisting of history.”

“They are negating our history, changing our history,” one lady told Fox News. “This country was blessed by God Himself. Most of our Founding Fathers had Bibles in their hands and Jesus in their hearts and therefore America became what America is today. And through the last decade, it’s been a constant chiseling away of our Christian foundation – our Judeo-Christian foundation.”


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4 Responses to Group Told to Stop Praying in Jesus’ Name

  1. james beadle says:

    I don't want to believe it. I have spend the last four years of my life immersed in Christian educational culture, deeply involved in my church, and in essence wrapped tightly about with Christians on every side. It has in many ways insulated me in a bubble of faith focused relationships that has left me filled with joy and warmth in fellowship with other believers. I do not want to believe that in most of the rest of my country the Christian faith is being attacked by rabid dogs. That one of the foundational pillars of this nation is being dismantled and cast aside in the name of a self defined tolerance that is delusional and false regarding its testimony regarding itself.

    I know so many who say that though Jesus warned of the persecution of the church, they don't want to believe that it will happen in our day, before our eyes. It is for a future time isn't it? Tell us it is. This is what our ears long to hear. They itch for words of comfort so they can close their eyes once again and rest their heads head upon the soft pillow of denial and self indulgence. After all each of us is but one small person in a big threatening world of hostility to faith in Christ and we cannot change anything being so small. Perhaps we could seek a prophet who will lift up our hopes. Osteen, Warren, or Bell, the prophets of plastic faith, the vendors of blindfolds, can you to help us to feel good about the world again? The truth of the Word of God is too hard, too dangerous, to immediate.

    The hardest truth is that it is not up to us.

    "Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace,who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you." 1 Peter 5:9-10


    • CathiLee says:

      This story is false. I am the Regent of a DAR Chapter. No State or National Officer can tell a chapter how to pray. They are not required to use a certain DAR Devotion guide. There are many guides dating to 1903 and a chapter can use any of them.
      2011 DAR Devotion Booklet (the most recent version) Prayer V:

      O God, our Creator, we come before You in the consciousness of our mortality, recognizing the shortness of our life-span and our insignificance in Your boundless universe. Humbly we give thanks to You that You have set Your love upon us through Christ, our Savior, so that our sentence of death is changed into an offer of life and we have the hope of resurrection and of glory. Let this Holy Season be for us a time ofself-realization, deep humility and thankfulness for the sacrifice of Your blessed Son, by whom our salvation for everlasting life was made. Amen.


  2. Nellie says:

    Many will abandon the faith.

    That is now accelerating and, unless there is nationwide repentance, the real church needs to prepare itself for tribulation and persecution. I will be spending this whole year readying me and my family to stand in the future perilous times.


  3. Larry says:

    Now if the DAR were based on Muslim, Hindu, or any other non-Christian tradition these people would be insisting our children must leave the prayers to their gods in as a way to promote cultural diversity. Surely we see that the culture war has to lead to a full-blown in your face economic and possibly physical confrontation. That part of the country which desires to live for Jesus Christ is going to have to refuse to deal with anyone or any organization that is antagonistic toward the Christian faith. Christians are going to have to abandon organizations like DAR, not shine it on anymore. Once we do that, we can regroup and turn heal starting with prayer and a return to the unadulterated truths of God's word. Facts are the visible church is the fat lazy consumer of American sin, and therefore we do not tremble at His word. But a day is coming when the Lord Himself will answer back to His enemies. Peter said that by standing up for our faith we hasten that day.


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