Monday, May 20, 2013

High Court to review legality of opening public meetings with prayers

The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear an appeal over the constitutionally of opening public meetings with a prayer.  Under review is a Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Greece, New York (a suburb of Rochester) unlawfully opened its town meetings with a prayer.

The town argues that the court has already upheld prayers at the start of legislative meetings and that private citizens offered invocations of their own choosing.  Non-Christian town residents complained they felt marginalized by the use of Christian prayers and filed suit.  They are represented by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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