Supreme Court Upholds Prayer at Public Meetings

Before each public meeting of the Town Council, the Town of Greece, New York, has a tradition of inviting volunteers to pray. This is a common practice that predates the founding of the United States and the Supreme Court has found it to be part of the “fabric of society” in America.

But in 2008, two residents of the town filed a lawsuit alleging that the prayers violated the First Amendment—even though the town allowed volunteers to pray consistent with the practice and faith of the individual prayer giver…

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