A federal judge in Wisconsin says the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. Judge Barbara Crabb says it violates the constitutional ban on government-backed religion. She says its purpose “is to encourage all citizens to engage in prayer, an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function.”
Conservative religious groups have criticized the decision. Joel Oster, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund says, “The National Day of Prayer provides an opportunity for all Americans to pray voluntarily according to their own faith and does not promote any particular religion or form of religious observance.”
The lawsuit against the Obama administration was brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group based in Madison, Wisconsin. The Obama administration said in a Twitter message on Thursday that President Obama intends to recognize this year's National Day of Prayer, which is May 6.
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