March 26, 2016

The Supreme Court decided whether governments may allow local clergy to say a prayer in advance of governmental meetings. The question is whether such a prayer, with a notable Christian theme, violates the First Amendment’s prohibition on government-established religion. The Court split 5-4, ruling that the practices does not violate the First Amendment. The Court’s division reflects the divisiveness the issue has created among our citizens.

The plaintiffs were two women who attended board meetings of the town of Greece, New York and found offensive the repeated Christian references in the prayers. The Court noted that after the women complained, a Jewish laymen and a Wiccan priestess were allowed to give “invocations” in advance of the meet...

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