Groups: Day of Prayer Defense 'Inadequate'

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A coalition of pro-family groups has called the Obama administration's defense of the National Day of Prayer inadequate.

This past spring, a federal judge ruled the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. In response, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit defending the Day of Prayer.

Although the government filed a brief amounting to 73 pages, several groups say the motion is lacking in certain areas. Consequently, they have asked a circuit court to allow them to join the lawsuit.

**Ken Klukowski, director of the Family Research Council's Center for Religious Liberty, appeared on the Thursday, July 29 edition of the CBN Newschannel's Morning News to talk about the obstacles in this case. Click play to watch the interview.

According to the Baptist Press, the Justice Department failed to cite three specific Seventh Circuit cases, all from 2007 and 2008, that are binding precedent on the three-judge panel and would lead to a quick dismissal of the case. The Freedom from Religion Foundation, which filed the lawsuit, lacked standing to sue, the groups said.

Among the groups filing the motion were the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family Action, and Liberty Institute.

"Even if we're not allowed to participate , we are hopeful that, with these cases being brought to the court's attention, that they will quickly come to the conclusion that they lack jurisdiction to hear this case, and that the lower court lacked jurisdiction to hear it," Ken Klukowski, director of the Family Research Council's Center for Religious Liberty, told the Press.

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