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Feb 9, 2011 8:11 AM by Bea Karnes

Judge to rule today on AFA prayer event

DENVER (AP) - An Air Force Academy faculty member who is part of a lawsuit seeking to block a prayer luncheon at the school testified Tuesday in federal court the event made him feel excluded and unwelcome.

Associate professor of economics David Mullin joined other unnamed faculty members at the academy near Colorado Springs and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation in seeking a preliminary injunction to stop Thursday's National Prayer Luncheon. Retired Marine Lt. Clebe McClary is the featured speaker.

U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello said she would rule on the request Wednesday.

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.

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