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Bid to revive lawsuit over Arizona ‘Day of Prayer’ fails

PHOENIX — An Arizona appeals court has upheld a ruling that dismissed a
lawsuit challenging Gov. Jan Brewer’s proclamations that declared a state “day
of prayer.”

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Wisconsin-based Freedom From
Religion Foundation failed to show it had standing to file the lawsuit and
didn’t allege any harm done to the group.

The foundation claimed the proclamations violate a constitutional prohibition
against government establishment of religion

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge dismissed the lawsuit in August.

The group appealed that decision in a bid to revive its lawsuit.

The foundation also filed a challenge to the proclamations in December 2011,
but that case was later dismissed.

Brewer applauded the appeals court’s ruling and characterized the lawsuit as a
needless challenge to an American custom.


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