The U.S. District Court in Houston threw out a lawsuit on Thursday filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which sought to bar Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s involvement in a national prayer event.
Citing FFRF’s lack of legal standing and a 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of the National Day of Prayer, Judge Gray Miller readily dismissed the case.
FFRF said it plans to keep fighting by either appealing to the 5th Circuit or reconfigure the case to be heard again.
The suit had asked the court to declare as unconstitutional Perry’s proclamation and involvement in “The Response,” an Aug. 6 privately organized — but open to the public — prayer event to be held at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Eric Bearse, spokesman for event said, “This is a tremendous victory for the First Amendment, and the right of any and all Americans to assemble and pray without interference from forces hostile to faith.”
“The swiftness of the court’s decision shows how ridiculous this case is,” Tim Wildmon, president the American Family Association, said. “AFA is very thankful for Liberty Institute for handling this case and championing religious freedom for America.”
Liberty Institute’s President and CEO Kelly Shackelford said the ruling was a “complete and total victory for freedom and the First Amendment.”
“This was an attack on the First Amendment rights of every American,” he added, “and it failed miserably.”
This IS still America, my home sweet home- I am praying against the spiritual wickedness in high places! God defend the right! (and I'm not talking about the 'political right', but the plain old R I G H T.)