Obama, GOP agree? They tell court that town councils can open with Christian prayer

August 10, 2013

In the rarest meeting of minds, both the White House and Republican members of Congress have sent messages of support for a case that’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 Amendment’s ban on “establishment of religion” 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 it’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.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • John Beach says:

    The basic lesson which political correctness has not yet learned it akin to the golden rule.
    Tolerate those who have tolerated you. We have not yet herded atheists and Jews and other singular, non-Christian minorities onto to cattle trains and shipped them off to be gassed or required them all to report voluntarily for deportation. Should an invocation of the blessings of the Almighty, God of universal love, be intolerable? Liberals never seem to understand that the “establishment of religion” specifically means an “official state religion” such as is recognized in some of the countries of Europe and most of the countries where Islam is dominant.

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