Governor's support for prayer unconstitutional?

Monday, August 12, 2013
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The Colorado Supreme Court will soon determine whether the state's governor can sign a proclamation for the National Day of Prayer.

After the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit in 2008 to stop then-Governor Bill Ritter Jr. (D) from signing the proclamation, a lower court ruled in favor of the state in 2010.


But John Bornschein of the National Day of Prayer Task Force tells OneNewsNow an appeals court has now ruled the governor would be violating the Constitution by doing so.

"In addition to that, this lawsuit would say that not only would he not be able to sign proclamations for prayer, he would [also] not be able to participate in any prayer events or recognize prayer in the state of Colorado," Bornschein reports.

If the ruling stands, Colorado will be the first state to block its governor from issuing the proclamation, which could set a precedent.

"We just had the largest National Day of Prayer with over 40,000 events across the country, -- every governor, including the president of the United States, recognizing the National Day of Prayer," the task force spokesman recalls. "We don't want it to end today nor on our watches."

The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal.

Bornschein is currently part of The Pray For America Rally Tour, which is taking a bus load of prayer warriors nationwide to promote the National Day of Prayer. That will end in Atlanta next month.

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