The tradition of designating an official day of prayer began with the Continental Congress in 1775. Since then, every president, with no exception, has recognized the importance of God in our nation.
So when the Wisconsin-based “Freedom From Religion Foundation” (FFRF) brought their baseless lawsuit against Governor Brewer for declaring the Arizona Day of Prayer, I was confident the state would overcome this challenge.
And thankfully yesterday, U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver granted the governor’s request to dismiss this lawsuit.
The Arizona Day of Prayer provides an opportunity for all Arizonans to pray voluntarily according to their own faith – and does not promote any particular religion or form of religious observance. The First Amendment and the Arizona Constitution allows public officials to acknowledge our nation’s religious heritage, and it’s outrageous that one activist organization has tried to undermine more than two hundred years of American history.
I’m grateful for Governor Brewer for adamantly defending the Arizona Day of Prayer. You can thank her on twitter @GovBrewer.