Jan 31, 2011 5:12 PM by Bea Karnes

Group sues to block prayer speaker at AFA

DENVER (AP)-Five faculty members at the Air Force Academy and a religious watchdog group filed a civil rights suit against the Academy, saying it is violating the separation of church and state by sponsoring a National Day of Prayer event and inviting a fundamentalist Christian to speak.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation said Monday the suit has been filed in Denver federal court.

The faculty members and the foundation are also asking for a preliminary injunction to block the event.

Retired Marine Lt. Clebe McClary is scheduled to speak at the event at the academy on Feb. 10.

McClary describes himself as a Christian motivational and inspirational speaker.



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