Dear Mr. Thomas:

Thank you for writing to express your reservations about a Senate
resolution affirming the importance of a national day of prayer.

Let me begin by saying that I understand your concern regarding the
separation of church and state. However, Congressional resolutions regarding
a day of prayer are a tradition that predate the founding of the United States
the Continental Congress first issued a proclamation setting aside a day of
prayer in 1775.

It is also important to note that the passage of this resolution is
non-binding and has no legal ramifications. It merely expresses the sense of
the Senate.

Please know that I value your opinion and hope you will continue to
keep me informed of your views and concerns. If you should have any additional
questions or comments, please do not hesitate to call my Washington, DC staff at
(202) 224-3841.

Best Regards.

Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator