Dobson Dismissed from Day of Prayer Lawsuit

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A federal judge dismissed Shirley Dobson from a lawsuit challenging the National Day of Prayer on Tuesday.

Mrs. Dobson is the chair of the National Day of Prayer Task Force and the wife of Focus on the Family Founder Dr. James Dobson.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation brought the lawsuit in 2008, claiming that the Constitution was written to be a "godless document." The suit challenges the constitutionality of the federal law designating a "National Day of Prayer."

Last year the Alliance Defense Fund, a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations, asked a federal court to dismiss the lawsuit.

"Prayer proclamations are a long-established and cherished American tradition going back to the Founding Fathers," ADF Senior Legal Counsel Joel Oster said.

"The lawsuit against Mrs. Dobson was based on the ridiculous argument that a private citizen can violate the law by praying, and it is just another example of one radical organization's allergic reaction to anything involving God," Oster continued. "FFRF is showcasing to America that its true agenda is not to just silence the government, but private citizens, as well."

The lawsuit also targets President Obama. Although the case against the president is still ongoing, the court said it could not prohibit the issue of future presidential proclamations.

The National Day of Prayer was first established in 1952 by President Harry S. Truman. The next event is scheduled to be held on May 6.

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