Governor Jan Brewer and State of Arizona Sued Over "Day of Prayer" Proclamations

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A group of Valley freethinkers want Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to stop calling on Arizona residents to pray about the budget or anything else.

Two attorneys and several area residents, all members of the national Freedom From Religion Foundation, filed a lawsuit in federal court this week in hopes of ending proclamations for state prayer days. They want a federal judge to issue an injunction against future proclamations and declare that her previous calls to prayer were unconstitutional.

Brewer proclaimed a "Day of Prayer for Arizona's Economy and State Budget" on January 17, 2010, and then a generic version last April to coincide with the National Day of Prayer held on the first Thursday of May.

One of the attorneys suing Arizona, Richard Morris, says he found the exhortation to pray for the economy "laughable," especially since no help on that front from a Supreme Being is evident.

"The old saying, 'Nothing fails like prayer,' certainly was true," Morris quips.

Morris and his heathen buddies have a good point: These proclamations are clearly unconstitutional and beyond useless. Last year, a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled that the National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional, prompting an appeal by the Obama Administration.

Morris and the other attorney on the case, Marc Victor, are working pro-bono. Click here to read the lawsuit, as posted by Courthouse News Service. 

In some respects, a lawsuit to prevent Brewer from asking people to pray seems like a waste of time, on the order of last year's proposed resolution concerning the 1973 coup in Chile?

But not according to Morris. Even if the lawsuit fails, it will promote "an awareness that we have a separation of church and state," he says. "If we don't maintain awareness, we'll end up with a theocracy."

The lawsuit refers to the famous quote by Thomas Jefferson about a "wall of separation between church and state" and uses as an exhibit the 1797 Tripoli Treaty, which states bluntly that the United States "is not in any way founded on the Christian religion."

If you think Morris' slippery-slope argument sounds unrealistic, you've never heard of Justice of the Peace Lester Pearce.

UPDATE: December 12 -- Judge tosses lawsuit, says plaintiffs didn't prove they were injured:


Prayer Day Dismissal Order


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Obviously this wonderful "Christian" governor hasn't read, in her Bible, that story about the sheep and the goats....Our Governor(Fla) probably will do that too, eventually, got to make the state friendly for business...and made(stole) his fortune by bilking Medicare....it all brings to mind a passage from Dickens..."Business!" cried the Ghost,wringing its hands again. "Mankind was my business.The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!" It has been my experience, in the past 14 years of dealing with my disability, that you don't have to be a Christian, or even a believer in any kind of God, to have the virtues described in the excerpt from Dickens. I know that because I have met these people, and some of them helped me thru two of the roughest of those 14 years. The Christians are more likely to cut your throat and think they're doing God a favor....

Guest
Guest

An excellent summary of the situation.

deadeyeaz
deadeyeaz

well i am praying jan and her republican legislators all feel the wrath of god for being the incompetent, hypocritcal, rascist a**holes they are. please take them home god and please do it soon.

david saint
david saint

lol i do find that ironic as well docbob, that she would call for prayers for her incompetent budget, yet turn around and tell people "well, stats show you likely wont survive the transplant so what would be the point", then hand Babeu money his own BOS wouldnt. Ironically now Babeu is trying to his best Arpaio impersonation by attempting to have a BOS who wouldnt give him his money removed.

jenna
jenna

She should pray for sobriety.

Johnny White Man
Johnny White Man

I don't have a problem with praying. But aren't the reich wingnuts supposed to keep the "Church and State" separate?

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

Did she pray for guidance before denying the transplants? Guess that says it all about what deity she prays to.

azafvet
azafvet

I praying that Brewer will be recalled.

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