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Wis. group files lawsuit challenging Arizona ‘Day of Prayer’

PHOENIX (AP) — A Wisconsin-based group is suing Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, contending it was an unconstitutional promotion of religion for her to proclaim last May 6 as a “day of prayer.”

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix by the Freedom from Religion Foundation of Madison on behalf of four individuals identified of nonbelievers in religion.

It asks that Brewer’s 2010 proclamation be overturned and that she be barred from issuing a similar one this year.

Brewer spokesman Matt Benson said proclaiming a day of prayer is an American tradition dating back to George Washington’s presidency and that the governor is confident her actions are within constitutional bounds.

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