Republican State Rep. Mack Butler of Alabama recently introduced a resolution, HJR 316, that recognizes May 5 as the National Day of Prayer.
RawStory notes the bill also warns that Alabama residents must "turn from their wicked ways so that God will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land," which is a quote from 2 Chronicles 7:14 in the Bible that was specifically addressed to people in Israel more than 2,000 years ago, but doesn't mention the U.S. or 2016.
The resolution states, in full, according to RawStory:
WHEREAS, God has blessed America, where freedom exists for all, regardless of belief or creed; and
WHEREAS, America’s heritage is a beacon to the world, a shining city on a hill; and
WHEREAS, America’s exceptionalism was not only on a thoroughfare for freedom beat, but a leader and protector of values and safety around the world; and
WHEREAS, though American’s sovereignty did not and would not rule the world, rather than a colonial power, she shared her bounty; and
WHEREAS, America has turned from her values, she is engaged in practices antithetical to her heritage by not protecting the poor, defenseless, and unborn, and has permitted the law to discriminate pitting one’s rights against the rights of others; and
WHEREAS, America now sits in her sanctuary while the rest of the world is falling into turmoil with genocide against Christians and radical Islamic terrorists wreaking havoc; and
WHEREAS, America’s Judeo-Christian tradition recognized a freedom of religion, the first freedom, that let all religions coexist; and
WHEREAS, traditional values have been removed from the public square where all values were once spoken; and
WHEREAS, religious freedom is threatened and God is mocked; and
WHEREAS, just as Jesus observed when he drew close to Jerusalem before His crucifixion and wept over the city that thought it knew of the things made for peace, it was now hidden from their eyes and just as high government officials often invoke the name of God, yet they tempt God by abandoning His truths; and
WHEREAS, America must reaffirm her freedom and her faith; and
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That we urge America to reaffirm and protect its freedoms.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the fifth day of May 2016 be set aside as a day of reflection by the citizens of the State of Alabama who will humble themselves and pray and seek God’s face and turn from their wicked ways so that God will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.
In addition to his blistering prayer resolution, Butler wrote on Facebook April 21: "We are being told that all kinds of perversion for our children is perfectly fine and at the same time we are being told that if you believe in wholesome family Christian values you are evil. We must take back America! Living life upside down."
Butler also denied well-documented violence against transgender people in another Facebook posting April 20:
I have traveled greatly, I know many people in multiple states yet I have never seen a problem anywhere ever with transgender people and restrooms, so why is it all of a sudden such a HUGE issue? Because one year ago our leftist President decided to make it an issue with the ultimate public building (The White House) when he set the standard as I predicted then would set the wheels in motion for his upside down world view regarding gender neutral restrooms.
Even his biggest supporters have got to admit that this was one of the worst things this president has done. Some question why I say he's evil. This is not for the good of our great nation. The symbols below have worked for ages. Pray for America as we are living life upside down.