This Day in History: George Washington goes to bat for his chaplains

On this day in 1776, General George Washington notifies his troops of a new policy regarding chaplains’ pay. He’d set out to get better treatment for his chaplains—and he’d succeeded. Yes, you read that right. Washington wanted MORE public money to be used for religious purposes. He did not want to skimp on something as […]

This Day in History: George Washington squashes anti-Catholic demonstrations

On this day in 1775, Washington issues a stern rebuke to his soldiers. They were planning to celebrate an anti-Catholic holiday known as Guy Fawkes Night. It’s a celebration that most Americans don’t know too much about! Perhaps Washington can take the credit for that? After all, Guy Fawkes Night is STILL celebrated in Great […]

This Day in History: Ronald Reagan signs a law creating the National Day of Prayer

On this day in 1988, President Ronald Reagan signs a law designating the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer. Of course, Reagan had already issued a proclamation for a day of prayer that year. In classic Reagan style, his proclamation included a story! “Americans in every generation have turned to their […]

George Washington versus Chuck Hagel on Military Chaplains

In the world according to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, military chaplains are not essential personnel who can continue working during a government shutdown. But family counselors are. George Washington must be spinning in his grave. Indeed, Hagel must have worked really hard to twist existing congressional provisions into a prohibition on paying chaplains. The […]

#TDIH — America’s First Thanksgiving Proclamation

On this day in 1789, George Washington issued his first Thanksgiving Proclamation.  Earlier in the week, Congress had asked him to do so. Interestingly, the congressional request for thanksgiving and prayer came mere days after the Congress had approved several constitutional amendments, including the one that would eventually become the First Amendment to the United […]