Americans United for Separation of Church and State Gov. Lee Defends Day Of Prayer, Saying It Provides An Opportunity For Unity By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán • Oct 8, 2019 Sergio Martínez-Beltrán / WPLN Listen Listening... / 1:21 Hear the radio version of this story. Gov. Bill Lee is defending his decision to declare Oct. 10 a "day of prayer, humility and fasting." The announcement of the declaration has been received with mixed emotions, and some groups are pushing back on it.