Radio Buzz: Obama Administration Opposes FDR Prayer at WWII Memorial

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It's Veterans Day... and as we give thanks to our many Veterans for their service to our great nation, Republican lawmakers and conservative activists are outraged - after the Obama administration announced its objection to adding President Franklin Roosevelt's D-Day prayer to the World War II Memorial in our nation's capitol.

The objection noted during a congressional hearing on the bill - called the "World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2011" - introduced by Ohio Republican Representative Bill Johnson.

"Does FDR's prayers - is it significant enough to be added to this already amazing memorial, and I think that if you start with the Capitol building and walk up and down the mall, and you will see that memorials are replete with prayers."

Retired Army Officer Bob Kinder - speaking with Jeff at KLIF in Dallas.

 

President Roosevelt asked the nation to join him in prayer as U.S. and allied troops launched the invasion that led to the defeat of Nazi Germany. He asked God to give the allied troops courage and faith, saying, "With thy blessing we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy."

Some the memorials that Kinder speaks of include the Jefferson memorial, the Capitol Building - both House chambers say "In God We Trust" as you enter, the JFK memorial, the Lincoln memorial.

 

But Robert Abbey, Director of the Bureau of Land Management said that any plaque or inscription of prayer added to the World War II memorial would "dilute" it's central message and therefore "should not be altered."

"I think FDR's prayer was, it does exactly what Mr. Abbey is concerned about doing. It does just that. It adds, it adds - lots of commemoration to memorialize those great men and women that were alive during those times."

Abbey went on in written testimony to say that altering the memorial as proposed "will necessarily dilute this elegant memorial's central message and its ability to clearly convey that message to move, educate, and inspire its many visitors."

I'm Jessica Curtis, and that's your Talk Radio Buzz from Fox News Radio.