The governor of Arizona has asked for a lawsuit that challenged the state's annual day of prayer be dismissed.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation, an atheist organization based in Wisconsin, filed the suit.
The group claims the day of prayer violates the "establishment clause" in the First Amendment.
Gov. Jan Brewer disagrees, saying the event is a voluntary event just like the National Day of Prayer.
"This lawsuit represents nothing more than a sad and futile attempt to stifle and American right and tradition,'' the governor said. A date for Brewer's motion has not yet been set.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation has filed three similar suits against political officials, including President Obama. All three suits were dismissed.