Should Jan Brewer Knock It Off With the Annual "Day of Prayer" Anyway?
A state appeals court affirmed a Maricopa County Superior Court ruling dismissing a lawsuit against Governor Jan Brewer for her annual "Day of Prayer" proclamation.
Mostly, the judges have found that the atheist groups that filed the lawsuit didn't prove that Brewer's calls for prayer caused them any injuries.
The opinion from Judge Donn Kessler says Brewer's proclamations are not a "direct attack" on anyone's belief system, they don't have to change their behavior to avoid the proclamations, and there was never an allegation that Brewer's proclamations affected how the atheists interacted with state government.
"Indeed, there is no allegation regarding how the Appellants even learned about the proclamations or that the alleged harm to them was anything more than a general feeling of second-class citizenship and outsider status," the opinion states.
Brewer, well aware that people are offended by her prayer proclamations, calls prayer an "American tradition," and publicly sticks up for her prayers.
The question is, should Brewer knock it off with her calls for the public to engage in prayer with her anyway?
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