Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Col. High Court OKs Day of Prayer Proclamations; Says Atheists Are Not Forced to Attend Ceremony

The Colorado Supreme Court yesterday rejected a legal challenge to the governor's right to issue Day of Prayer proclamations, finding that non-believers who objected to the annual events did not suffer harm and do not have grounds to sue, the Religion News website reports today (November 25, 2014).

The ruling reversed a state Court of Appeals decision two years ago that said the proclamations violated constitutional protections for religious freedom by sending the message that the government endorses religion.

The Colorado justices ruled that the Freedom from Religion Foundation -- including four of its Colorado members -- did not have the right to sue because the government spent only nominal amounts to issue the annual proclamations.

Opponents also were not forced to participate in the prayer day and did not suffer negative consequences from the government, the court said.

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