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11-05-2012, 05:07 PM
Music Colorado Day of Prayer is unconstitutional, state appeals court rules
Music to my ears Yes. Expect someone to complain about those "activist judges."

Colorado Day of Prayer is unconstitutional, state appeals court rules
Posted: 05/11/2012 01:00:00 AM MDT
May 11, 2012 2:19
PM GMTUpdated: 05/11/2012 08:19:02 AM MDT
By Electa Draper
The Denver

The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that governors' proclamations
of a state Day of Prayer violate the Constitution's provisions for religious

When the state sponsors the particular religious practice of prayer, the
three-judge panel found, it sends a message that those who pray are favored
members of Colorado's political community.

"In doing so, they undermine the premise that the government serves believers
and nonbelievers equally," Judge Steven Bernard wrote in a 73-page decision.

The content of six Colorado Day of Prayer proclamations, 2004 to 2009, is
"predominantly religious," lacking a secular context or purpose, and the effect
is "government endorsement of religion over nonreligion," Bernard wrote. Judges
Alan Loeb and Nancy Lichtenstein concurred.

The governors' proclamations, made by Govs. Bill Ritter and Bill Owens, have
included biblical verses and other religious themes. They are calls to actual
worship, Bernard wrote.

The appeals court sent the case back to the trial court to consider whether a
permanent injuntion should be entered against the state prayer event held the
first Thursdays in May.

"We will consult with Attorney General John Suthers as we consider whether to
appeal this decision to the Colorado Supreme Court," said Eric Brown, spokesman
for Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The legal challenge to the Colorado Day of Prayer was made in 2008 against
Gov. Bill Ritter by the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation. The
foundation also won a federal case in 2010, FFRF v. Obama, in which a U.S.
district court ruled the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. In 2011,
however, the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found the foundation had lacked
standing to make the case. Yet the Colorado appellate court affirmed FFRF's

Day of Prayer events across the country are organized with the help of the
Colorado Springs-based National Day of Prayer Task Force, an evangelical
Christian group led since 1991 by Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family
founder James Dobson.

"The governor's office issued the six proclamations in response to requests
that specifically state that the National Day of Prayer Task Force intends to
use them for the purpose of promoting religion, worship and prayer," Bernard

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11-05-2012, 05:19 PM
RE: Colorado Day of Prayer is unconstitutional, state appeals court rules
I'm starting to get really tired of religious lawmakers passing bills that they know are going to be fought in court and turned over. It's amazing the money the federal court system must be spending for crap like this all over the country.

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