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Overt Christian prayers have no place at government meetings
Published In Context Florida 4.2.14 & Huffington Post 4.2.14
“It’s no place to promote or politicize Christianity. What’s needed is an “innocuous” prayer that recognizes the Constitution, not the New Testament, as the true measure of law in the United States.”
By Steven Kurlander
IThe U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule soon in a case that will determine whether prayers at government meetings should continue to be allowed and if so, what kind.
The court will rule on whether an upstate New York town violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which prohibits the government from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion,” by starting its board meetings with prayer.
The legal issue in the case Greece v. Galloway is whether the Town of Greece violated the Constitution with its opening prayers because nearly every one in an 11-year span was overtly “Christian.”
The facts are as follows: In 2008, Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens, one of them an atheist and one Jewish, started complaining ...Continue Reading
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