Arizona court dismisses challenge to state day of prayer for lack of standing

Howard Friedman, Religion Clause

In Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. v. Brewer, (AZ Super. Ct., Aug. 7, 2012), an Arizona trial court judge dismissed a constitutional challenge to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s proclamation of an annual Arizona Day of Prayer.  According to the court:

In the absence of a particularized and concrete injury suffered by Plaintiffs, their claims cannot go forward. Plaintiffs have not alleged that they filed their claims in their capacity as taxpayers, nor have they shown a direct injury, pecuniary or otherwise.

Gov. Brewer issued a statement (full text) applauding the decision which she called “little more than another sad attempt to stifle an American tradition.”