National Day of Prayer event held in Knoxville

National Day of Prayer event held in Knoxville

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - About 1,000 people packed the lower level of the Knoxville Civic Auditorium Thursday evening.

They were attending a musical evening called "Prayer United Together for Such a Time as This" to celebrate the National Day of Prayer.

The event comes amidst national controversy over a U.S. District judge in Wisconsin who ruled it was unconstitutional for the government to recognize the day.

The ruling was made after a lawsuit was filed by a group of atheists and agnostics called the Freedom from Religion Foundation. They said the government did not have the right to tell them to pray.

Those attending the Knoxville event had mixed opinions about the issue.

David Newman said he supported the ruling. "The law says separation of church and state. I feel it is your own personal business what you do. If you want to worship God, that is your personal business. I don't think the government should have anything to say about it," said Newman.

Eddie Myers disagrees. "I think the government should welcome the day because we need God, especially at this hour. We need God to do things only he can do. We need the Lord. The government needs his guidance too," said Myers.

Most attending the event say the ruling does not shake their faith in any way.

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