MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - About 50 people rallied outside the State Capitol on the National Day of Prayer, to call for an end to the government’s involvement in it. Dan Barker, a co-president of Madison’s Freedom from Religion Foundation, said the whole thing should be called off after Federal Judge Barbara Crabb ruled the day unconstitutional.
The crowd applauded when the foundation’s Scott Colson read parts of the judge’s ruling. Crabb delayed the enforcement of her ruling until all appeals are exhausted. So both the federal and state governments went ahead and proclaimed Thursday’s prayer day as usual – and so did numerous mayors around the country. Governor Jim Doyle said he was maintaining the status quo by declaring the prayer day, just like he’s done every year since taking office in 2003.