Friday, April 16, 2010

Federal judge strikes down National Day of Prayer on First Amendment grounds, but ruling does not take effect now

Judge Barbara Crabb of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin ruled April 15 that the “National Day of Prayer”, as currently implemented (36 USC #119), violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. A summary of the opinion is available from the American Center for Law & Justice, (web url) here. The ruling will not affect the National Day this year since it does not take effect until appeals have been heard.

The case is “Freedom from Religion Found. V. Obama”, case 08-cv-588. The plaintiff’s website is here.  and has an enormous number of press releases for Apr. 16.  Ronald Reagan Jr. is one of the organization's supporters.

Josh Rosenau has an interesting post about the case on “Science Blogs” here.

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