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Bid to revive lawsuit over ‘Day of Prayer’ fails

In this June 13, 2011 file photo, from left, Sen. Steve Yarbrough, R-Chandler, Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, Sen. Adam Driggs, R-Phoenix, and Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, all bow their heads in prayer for those involved in the wildfires in Arizona during a special session in the senate chambers at the Capitol in Phoenix. Smith, a conservative Christian, said Wednesday, May 22, 2013, that the prayer offered by Democratic Rep. Juan Mendez (not shown), an atheist, at the beginning of the previous day's floor session wasn't a prayer at all. So he asked other members to join him in a second daily prayer in "repentance." (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

In this June 13, 2011 file photo, from left, Sen. Steve Yarbrough, R-Chandler, Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, Sen. Adam Driggs, R-Phoenix, and Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, all bow their heads in prayer. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

An Arizona appeals court has upheld a ruling that dismissed a lawsuit challenging Gov. Jan Brewer’s proclamations that declared a state “day of prayer.”The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation failed to show it had standing to file the lawsuit and didn’t allege any harm done to the group.

The foundation claimed the proclamations violate a constitutional prohibition against government establishment of religion

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge dismissed the lawsuit in August.

The group appealed that decision in a bid to revive its lawsuit.

The foundation also filed a challenge to the proclamations in December 2011, but that case was later dismissed.

Brewer applauded the appeals court’s ruling and characterized the lawsuit as a needless challenge to an American custom.

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