County responds in prayer case

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Brett Harvey op-ed at the National Law Journal

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Canadian Catholic school being pressured to teach all religions are equal | Christian Post

Canadian legal brief backs Catholic school’s religious liberty | EWTN/CNA

Christians ordered to teach Wiccan, pagan rites | WND

Canadian Supreme Court to decide if govt can force Catholic school to teach contrary to its beliefs

AZ: Prayer returns to Mesa schools meetings | The Arizona Republic

AZ: Gilbert schools’ governing board reinstates prayer before meetings | Arizona Republic

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Atheist gets her day at the Supreme Court | CNN

Town of Greece v. Galloway: Prayers debated in prelude to SCOTUS

Atheist to get her day at the Supreme Court | CNN

The Myth of Neutrality | Brett Harvey

National groups send a prayer to the U.S. Supreme Court | Reuters

Discussion centers on upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case starring the Town of Greece | NBC

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Greece prayer case next week | Delaware Online

Legislative Prayer Debated Ahead of SCOTUS Arguments | 13 WHAM

Prayer Case Examined | Rochester City News

Reader Rebuttal (Brett Harvey): Prayer at government meetings | OC Register

What Does It Really Mean To “Establish” Religion? | Brett Harvey

Florida school board, asked to halt prayers, awaits Supreme Court decision

Religious Freedom Lawyers Respond to Atheists Wanting Prayer at City Council Meetings Stopped | Christian Post

Congress, States, And Even Obama’s Doj Rally To Prayer-givers’ Defense | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

FRC, 85 Members of Congress File Brief in Biggest Religious Liberty Supreme Court Case In Last Half Century | PR Newswire

‘Let Us Pray’ Before Town Council Becomes High Court Case | Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Shall we pray at governmental meetings? | TimeWV.com

Prayer at US-government sponsored events comes under court spotlight | Ecumenical News

CA: Government prayer headed for high court decision

Is prayer Greek to us? | Kathryn Jean Lopez interview with Brett Harvey at NRO

The Supreme Court Takes the Case of Town of Greece v. Galloway, Which Raises the Questions Whether—And If So, How—a Town Board May Open Its Meetings With Prayer | Marci Hamilton at Justia.com

High Court to Hear Case Challenging Prayer at Government Meetings

    The New American: But Joel Oster of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which is representing the town of Greece in the case, said that the appeals court ruling forces the city to become a prayer monitor in its meetings, and turns the reverent tradition of prayer into a government-supervised affirmative action program. “Since this nation’s founding, public meetings have been opened with prayers offered according to the conscience of the speaker,” noted Oster. “There is no legal reason why a town cannot engage in this practice today with people from within its own community. The district court rightly affirmed the constitutionality of the town’s policy.” He added that secular groups with a grudge against Christianity “cannot be allowed to force local governments to engage in strange hoops and hurdles that effectively eliminate prayers by making them too difficult to take place.”
    Oster pointed out that the U.S. Constitution “has never required any local government to engage in such gymnastics to have prayer, as is clearly seen by the prayers of America’s Founding Fathers. Prayer-givers have a right protected by the First Amendment to engage in speech that reflects their own conscience and religion during such prayers. That does not make the prayers an endorsement by the town itself of any particular religion.” ADF attorney Brett Harvey told National Review . . . In taking the case to the Supreme Court, the ADF has been joined by attorney Thomas Hungar, whom Ken Klukowski of the Family Research Council called “one of the most accomplished Supreme Court litigators in the nation. [more]


  • Posted: 05/29/2013
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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Alliance Defending Freedom Public Prayer Case | Brett Harvey

Supreme Court Could Give Landmark Ruling on Public Prayer | NC Register

High Court Takes Up Prayer at Government Meetings | CBN

Supreme Court could give landmark ruling on public prayer | CNA/EWTN on DFW Catholic

Supreme Court to Hear Case Regarding Prayer in Government Meetings | Christian Post

High court to hear government prayers case | ABP

Justices to rule on government prayers | GOP USA

Supreme Court to hear case on prayer at government meetings | Religion News Service at Washington Post

High Court To Weigh In On Legislative Prayers

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear town meeting prayer case | Reuters

Supreme Court to Hear Public Prayer Case | Headline and Global News

Supreme Court will rule on prayer at government meetings | USA Today

Who Said That?: A Simple Question That May Change the Way Courts View Legislative Prayer | Brett Harvey and Joel Oster at Fed Soc

Prayer at town meetings — SUPCO asked to weigh in | One News Now

The Foresight of Justice Kennedy | Brett Harvey at Townhall

Rialto City Council defends public prayers before meetings | Inside Bay Area

Rialto City Council defends public prayers before meetings | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: Still, those who champion public invocations say the practice is legal, no matter which deity is mentioned. “The Supreme Court made it clear in 1983 that public prayers are constitutional,” said Brett Harvey, senior counsel for the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Alliance Defending Freedom. Harvey said if the Founding Fathers delivered prayers according to the dictate of their conscience, legislators and those giving invocations today should be able to do the same.”The wording of the Constitution hasn’t changed,” Harvey said. “It’s not the government’s job to tell people when and how to pray, and the ACLU would like prayers to conform to some generic civil orthodoxy that they agree with, that’s consistent with their beliefs.”

    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: Still, those who champion public invocations say the practice is legal, no matter which deity is mentioned. “The Supreme Court made it clear in 1983 that public prayers are constitutional,” said Brett Harvey, senior counsel for the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Alliance Defending Freedom. Harvey said if the Founding Fathers delivered prayers according to the dictate of their conscience, legislators and those giving invocations today should be able to do the same.”The wording of the Constitution hasn’t changed,” Harvey said. “It’s not the government’s job to tell people when and how to pray, and the ACLU would like prayers to conform to some generic civil orthodoxy that they agree with, that’s consistent with their beliefs.”


  • Posted: 03/04/2013
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ACLU Backs Off Challenge to Prayer in Franklin County | Missouri Family Policy Council

At public meetings, fights about prayer drag on | Times Daily

    Times Daily: Brett Harvey, a lawyer at the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian group that often helps towns defend their practices, sees it the other way. He said liberal groups have made a coordinated attempt to bully local governments into abandoning prayers, resulting in more cases. “It’s really kind of a campaign of fear and disinformation,” he said. Harvey has talked with hundreds of towns about their policies and has been involved in about 10 court cases in the past three years. Right now, his advice differs for different parts of the country because, he said, the law is in flux. Courts around the country don’t agree on what’s acceptable or haven’t considered the issue.


  • Posted: 12/31/2012
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At public meetings, fights over prayer drag on | AP

Debate over prayers at Phoenix-area public meetings continues

    Tucson Citizen: The Alliance Defending Freedom, a Scottsdale non-profit group, is representing councils in other states in challenges to legislative prayer. Their focus is to “defend the exercise of religious liberty and the right of government to recognize religious heritage and continue with traditional American practices,” said senior counsel Brett Harvey. “We think it’s a constitutional right to do this,” said Harvey, citing the Marsh vs. Chambers case. “We do feel there’s a benefit to seeking divine guidance and asking for wisdom and blessings for the decisions that are made. The Supreme Court has made it clear that it’s constitutional. We see no reason why our local officials should not be able to exercise those same rights exercised by our founders.”


  • Posted: 09/24/2012
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