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Court dismisses suit over National Day of Prayer

April 14, 2011

A federal appeals court has thrown out a ruling that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional and ordered that the lawsuit against it be dismissed.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation did not have standing to bring the lawsuit against President Barack Obama.

A federal judge based in Madison ruled last year that the national prayer day was unconstitutional because it amounts to a call for religious action. The president appealed.

The appeals court says the plaintiffs didn't have standing to bring the lawsuit because while they disagree with the president's proclamation, they have not suffered any harm because of it.

Freedom From Religion Foundation attorney Richard Bolton didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

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