Judge to hear arguments on AF Academy prayer event
DENVER (AP) – A federal judge will hear arguments on whether to block a prayer luncheon planned at the Air Force Academy.
A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by five academy faculty members and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
The prayer luncheon is scheduled for Thursday.
The suit alleges the event is unconstitutional because it appears to be an endorsement of conservative Christianity by academy commanders, and because some faculty feel pressured to attend.
Academy officials say the event is sponsored by the chapel, not commanders, and that they’ve repeatedly told cadets and faculty that attendance is voluntary.
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