Ariz. Judge Dismisses Day of Prayer Lawsuit

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A superior court judge in Maricopa County, Ariz., has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the governor's proclamation establishing a day of prayer.

Last year, a U.S. district judge in Arizona dismissed the same challenge by the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation.

The foundation said the day of prayer violates a constitutional ban against government establishment of religion.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jan Brewer said she was pleased with court's decision. She noted that every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation, and governors in all 50 states issued similar proclamations last year.

"In these troubled times, it is more important than ever that we have opportunities such as this to freely and voluntarily come together in seeking courage and guidance from a higher power," Brewer said in a statement.

"I thank the court for dismissing this baseless suit, and will continue to vigorously defend our ability to commemorate an Arizona Day of Prayer," she said.

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