Four Air Force Academy officers are defending the school’s upcoming prayer luncheon against claims the event appears to be sponsored by academy commanders in violation of the Constitution.
The officers filed affidavits in Denver federal court on Monday.
Five faculty members and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation filed suit last week seeking to block the event, scheduled for Thursday.
The lawsuit says some faculty members feel pressured to attend the luncheon.
Chaplain Dwayne Peoples, an Air Force lieutenant colonel who filed one of the affidavits defending the luncheon, says the event is sponsored by the chapel, not commanders.
Peoples and the other officers say the organizers and the academy commanders have repeatedly told faculty and cadets the event is voluntary.