Coordinated by the American Renewal Project, an organization that promotes Christian faith in government, this “The Response” event calls on attendees to fast before the rally on Saturday, when they will ask Jesus (and not elected officials) to correct problems in the country.
Her active role in the event might be illegal, though, the ACLU of South Carolina says, if Haley’s office has made any financial contribution to, or incurred expense from, the rally.
As a result, on June 11, ACLU-South Carolina formally requested that Haley release all records of any funding or resources her office may have used to promote and/or attend the event.
"The public has a right to know whether any public funds are being expended and how much it costs for our governor to participate in this prayer event."
Haley’s active participation in and promotion of the event is a constitutional contrast, too, says Victoria Middleton, executive director of the state ACLU.
"Prayer is an act of worship, not an act of governance. The unfinished work of governing – improving our schools, repairing roads, reforming our criminal justice system – deserves the full attention of all our elected officials."
"America’s issues are not primarily financial, political or moral. Neither does America’s hope lie in one leader or institution. Our hope is found in the One who desires for us to turn to Him with our hearts. This is our response – to call on Jesus on behalf of America, that He might hear our cry and heal our land."
Haley was also featured in a promotional video, saying only Christ, not government, can correct problems in the country:
"[P]ray that we remember that we’re not in charge."