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Judge dismisses suit on Ariz. prayer proclamations


PHOENIX (AP) -- A federal judge is dismissing a lawsuit challenging Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's proclamations declaring a state "day of prayer."

U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver granted Brewer's request to dismiss the March lawsuit filed by the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The foundation contended that the proclamations violate a constitutional prohibition against government establishment of religion.

Silver's ruling issued Monday in Phoenix says the foundation and other plaintiffs lack legal standing to sue because they haven't proved they were injured by Brewer's proclamations in 2010 and 2011.

According to Silver, it's not enough that the challengers felt slighted by being exhorted by the proclamations to pray.

A federal appeals court in April threw out a legal challenge filed by the Wisconsin group regarding the National Day of Prayer.

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