After withstanding much persecution, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be allowed to attend his scheduled prayer and fasting event next week. A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a group of atheists’ lawsuit filed against Perry.

Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit this month claiming that the governor’s participation in The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis was unconstitutional.

Although the group did not want to block the prayer event—scheduled to take place Aug. 6 at Houston’s Reliant Stadium—lawyers sought to stop Perry from taking part. They argued that the participation of the governor, who may still seek a presidential bid, would violate the First Amendment’s requirement of separation of church and state.

Judge Gray H. Miller, of Federal District Court in the Southern District of Texas, ruled that the group did not having standing to sue, citing a 7th circuit ruling in favor of President Obama promoting the National Day of Prayer.

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