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Atheist group sues governor over prayer day


Gov. Jan Brewer is being sued for issuing proclamations in support of an Arizona Day of Prayer.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court, alleges that Brewer's actions were unconstitutional because they violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which prohibits Congress from establishing a state religion. The lawsuit seeks an injunction preventing the governor from issuing similar proclamations in the future.

"This is not about money. This is about trying to get the right thing done," said Marc Victor, a Chandler attorney who brought the suit on behalf of three Maricopa County residents and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based group of atheists and agnostics.


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Comment by G Cone
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"Absolutely, I think in these days of fiscal crisis, there is nothing wrong with Arizonans, if they choose, praying for the wisdom to solve the problems facing the state." Um, yeah, so why do they need to State to endorse a prayer day for them to do so? This action by the gov is an endorsement of religion over atheism. 

Comment by Ken Valentine
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 As well as for those who belong to the Church of the Divine Orgasm.

Comment by PureTrust
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In all fairness the Governor should proclaim a day of non-prayer for the atheists - people who belong to the religion of "non-religionism."

Comment by Anonymous
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 "Help! Help! I'm bring repressed!"  sheesh