Judge Tosses Lawsuit against Ariz. Day of Prayer

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A lawsuit challenging Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's proclamations of a state day of prayer has been dismissed by a federal judge.
    
The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation claimed the day of prayer violated the "establishment clause" in the First Amendment of the Constitution.
         
However, Judge Roslyn Silver ruled on Monday in Phoenix that the group lacked legal standing to bring the lawsuit. She said there's no proof Brewer's 2010 and 2011 proclamations injured anyone.

"Gov. Brewer's proclamations proclaim a day of prayer, and one proclamation encourages all citizens to pray for God's blessings on our state and nation," the judge wrote in her ruling.

"Though 'encouraged,' no one, including plaintiffs, is obligated to pray," Silver added. "Nor are plaintiffs forced to alter their physical routine or bear a monetary expense to avoid a religious symbol."
    
In a prepared statement, the governor applauded the court's decision.
    
"I commend the U.S. district court for dismissing this baseless lawsuit for what it is -- a futile attempt to stifle an American right and tradition," Brewer said.

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