Sam Juan, Mar 7 (AP) The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a decree passed by Puerto Rico legislators that calls for 40 days of fasting and prayer.Also Read - Caribbean Storm Gaining Force, Might Hit Central America

The organization said in a statement today that the decree violates the concept of separation of church and state. The decree was approved in February after Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives President Carlos Mendez said the island needed divine intervention as it struggles through an economic recession. Also Read - How Much Does India's President Earn? A Look At Perks & Privileges of Being The First Citizen

The decree calls for the “spiritual, material and social purification” of Puerto Rico’s population. People have been voluntarily meeting at churches daily from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. Also Read - Presidential Election 2022: A Dummy's Guide On How The President Of India Is Elected

throughout the island since Feb. 26.

The ACLU is seeking a federal temporary restraining order and has questioned whether public funds are being used for the meetings.(AP)

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