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A Wisconsin-based group of atheists and agnostics has filed suit against President Bush over the federal law designating a National Day of Prayer. The Freedom from Religion Foundation maintains that the law violates the First Amendment’s prohibition against an official establishment of religion. The suit, filed October 3, charges that the National Day of Prayer Task Force, chaired by Shirley Dobson, has ties to Focus on the Family, a nonprofit evangelical organization led by her husband, James Dobson. The task force rents office space in the ministry’s Colorado Springs headquarters. A White House spokesperson said that “200-plus years of constitutional history teach that this lawsuit has absolutely no merit, and we expect the Justice Department will defend it vigorously.”


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