Air Force Academy Prayer Lawsuit Dismissed

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit trying to block a prayer luncheon scheduled for Thursday at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The case was brought by academy professor David Mullin and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. However, U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello ruled the plaintiffs did not prove they had legal standing to bring the suit.

Arguello said the academy announced to the faculty, cadets, and staff that the event was only voluntary and no one was to be punished for not attending.

Mullin argued that the prayer luncheon violates separation of church and state because it appears to be sponsored by the academy.

Chaplain Dwayne Peoples has made it clear the prayer luncheon is sponsored by the chapel -- not the academy as a whole.

"I want the credit," he joked. "We put it together," not the academy administration.

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