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Prayer and state

Published 04/23/2010, The Jamestown Sun

If one tries hard enough and is clever enough, one can find a federal judge to rule on just about anything. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group of atheists and agnostics based in Madison, Wis., filed a lawsuit asking Judge Barbara Crabb to order the government to cease from its annual National Day of Prayer proclamation. Last week, Judge Crabb ruled in the group’s favor. Congress established the day of prayer in 1952 and reaffirmed it in 1988. It occurs on the first Thursday of May.

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