April 15, 2011
By Scott Bauer
MADISON, Wis. A federal appeals court on Thursday threw out a ruling that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional and ordered that a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's right to proclaim the day be dismissed.
A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation did not have standing to sue because while they disagree with the president's proclamation, it has not caused them any harm.
"Hurt feelings differ from legal injury," the appeals court said. . . .
. . . . The American Center for Law and Justice, which represented 67 members of Congress in defense of the prayer day, praised the ruling.
"This decision represents a victory for our nation's heritage and history," the group's attorney Jay Sekulow said in a statement. . . .
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