Supreme Court Upholds Prayer At Government Meetings

May 6, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing opening prayers at town council and other public meetings.

In a 5-4 decision Monday, the court ruled in favor of town of Greece, N.Y., a suburb of Rochester.

The town council had traditionally opened public meetings with prayers. The practice was challenged by two individuals who were represented by Americans United for the Separation for Church and state, a national, Washington, D.C.-based organization.

The high court ruled that prayers do not violate the First Amendment even if they routinely stress Christianity.

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