SALEM — For apparently the first time ever, Oregon’s governor did not issue last month a proclamation acknowledging the National Day of Prayer, and that troubles one of the state’s key promoters of prayer.
“At the very least (Gov. Kate Brown) disrespected the entire Church in the state of Oregon,” said Jim Moore, director of the Salem House of Prayer and, until recently, one of the state coordinators for the national prayer day. “This is stunning.”
Moore said he and Peter Carlson of Pray Oregon each year request and receive from the governor’s office an official proclamation acknowledging the National Day of Prayer, which was held this year on May 7.
“Typically all 50 governors, each from their respective state, extend this historically recognized courtesy to the Body of Christ,” Moore said.
But last month the request prompted the following written response:
“Thank you for contacting the Governor’s office. We hae received your request to issue a proclamation. The Governor’s office is currently limiting the amount of proclamations process at this time and must decline your request.”
Moore said he spoke to a former state legislator, who confirmed to him that doing such a proclamation is normally a simple procedure, requiring only a signature on a pre-printed document, and placing it in the mail. “It is not a long drawn-out process that requires a great deal of effort,” Moore said.
He added that the current COVID-19 pandemic really doesn’t present any reason for the denial of the proclamation. “I think ‘an understatement to say this action is not about our ‘safety,’ ’’ said Moore.