In the rarest meeting of minds, both the White House and Republican members of Congress have sent messages of support for a case thatâ€™s winding through the Supreme Court over the fate of prayers at local government bodies: Yes, Christian-based prayers are constitutional.
The case deals with a federal appeal court ruling handed down last year in Greece, N.Y., that said the local officials had crossed the First Amendmentâ€™s ban on â€œestablishment of religionâ€ by allowing a local minister to deliver a public prayer during a monthly public meeting, the Los Angeles Times reported.
After the public was invited to join the prayer, a Jewish resident and an atheist resident sued, saying itâ€™s not fair that only Christian faiths were invited to lead the public prayer.
The case is due for Supreme Court hearing this fall. And the White House and Congress have both weighed in, sending briefs through their attorneys to argue that prayer before town meetings by representatives of the Christian faith does not violate the Constitution.
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