Praying in public

Erwin Chemerinsky: A legal argument that shouldn’t have a prayer

Prayer at Football Games Warning Issued by ACLU to Tenn. Schools | Christian Post

Supreme Court’s Docket Full of Potential Mischief | The New American

    The New American: The case wound its way up to the Supreme Court, where Greece is being represented by David Cortman of the Christian advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom. Cortman responded that if the Supreme Court rules in favor of Galloway and Stephens, It would have to abandon prior precedent, it would have to abandon hundreds of years of practice going back to the founders of our country, and [it would] put in jeopardy the many practices and events that reflect our religious heritage throughout the country…. The folks who have volunteered to pray before the meetings are merely reflective of the demographics of the town. Just because a town may happen to be more Christian that a different religion doesn’t automatically create a constitutional issue…. [If the court decides in favor of Galloway and Stephens] the new test would be: “If I see or hear something that may offend me, and it happens to be religious, that creates some sort of constitutional violation.” We would have challenges to all of these [traditions]. That would create not only more disarray but not reflect the true meaning of the Constitution.

  • Posted: 10/09/2013
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You Might Be “Offended” by Reading This | Nathan Cherry at Engage Family Minute

Endorsing the Endorsment Test | The Economist

Abortion opponents prayer chain in 37 Indiana cities today

ACLU-TN Advises Schools On Game Day Prayers

US Supreme Court to Hear Public Prayer, Abortion, ‘Obamacare’ Cases as New Term Begins | Christian Post

High court returns to work, will hear high-profile cases | One News Now

Senate Chaplain Shows His Disapproval During Morning Prayer

In new term, Supreme Court may steer to right on key social issues

11 Supreme Court Cases That Could Change The U.S. In The Coming Year

ACLU sends letter to TN schools re: prayer in football programs

Supreme Court and Prayer at Government Meetings | PBS

Small town, big impact: Supreme Court case could define religion’s role in public | Washington Times

Symposium: Time to restore longstanding meaning – and sanity – to the Establishment Clause in Town of Greece v. Galloway | Ken Klukowski at SCOTUS Blog

Florida House speaker wrong on school prayer | Tampa Bay Times Editorial

Saskatoon shifts to non-specific religious prayer, but fight not over for atheist who made complaint

Prayer Vigils Recognize American Pastor Imprisoned in Iran

Tunisia: Imams Contest Government’s Role in Religious Affairs

ACLU eyes district wide prayer event at Richmond schools

Saskatoon council still mulling prayer policy

Town of Greece v. Galloway: What is the Supreme Court up to? | Jessie Hill of Case Western at SCOTUS Blog

Symposium: Prayer and the machinery of the state | Daniel Mach of the ACLU at SCOTUS Blog

SCOTUS for law students: Prayer at government meetings

‘Freedom from Religion’ group questions prayer in local district

UK: Doctor sacked for e-mailing Christian prayer to colleagues loses appeal

Symposium: Desperate measures in Town of Greece | Eric Rassbach at SCOTUS Blog

SC: Prayer at school board meeting may be the last

KS: Board votes unanimously to allow student-led prayer

Prayer Banner Quietly Replaced With Secular Mural at RI High School 2 years After Teen Atheist Won Lawsuit

Baptist Joint Committee opposes local government prayer

NY forum: Religious freedom under attack | Alliance Defending Freedom

Town of Greece symposium: Can government actively favor a religious practice? | Carl Esbeck at SCOTUS Blog

Symposium: The puzzle of Town of Greece v. Galloway | Nelson Tebbe and Micah Schwartzman at Scotus Blog

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

Students gathering on Wednesday to pray at flagpole

ADF: History, legal precedent, Constitution – all OK with prayer proclamations | One News Now

Valley cities’ prayer policies may face scrutiny

Christian Legal Group Alliance Defending Freedom Defends Colorado Day of Prayer Proclamations in State Supreme Court

Symposium announcement: Town of Greece v. Galloway | SCOTUS Blog

Closure of Planned Parenthood clinic seen as prayer model

Will court change church-state equation?

Obama Admin Stopped From Forcing Family Business to Obey HHS Abortion Mandate

Colo. Business Wins Birth Control Mandate Exemption | CBN (includes video)

School will allow mother to pray on campus | One News Now

More than 1,000 attend prayer rally in Salisbury, NC

National Day of Prayer Leaders Defend Prayer Proclamations | Charisma News

Christian Mother Regains Right to Pray for NH School’s Safety After Legal Group’s Intervention | Christian Post

Lexington-Richland 5 board seeks to preserve prayer at meetings

Atheists fail to beat 1-woman prayer vigil | WND

AZ: Glendale City Council OKs prayer during meetings

Mother Banned From Giving Sermons On Public School Steps, Returns To Do It Silently

Free to Pray | World Magazine

Praying mom back at Concord High School | NH Union Leader

    NH Union Leader: On the other side, the Alliance Defending Freedom will continue to stand by Urena, who has been represented by the Scottsdale, Ariz., group since it learned of Urena’s ban. “This is definitely progress and is really what we’ve sought all along — to allow Liza to continue to pray for the students and the school,” said Matt Sharp, legal counsel for the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based alliance. “The fact that she’s able to be there and pray is the most important thing. We really applaud the district for this step.” . . . Sharp said whether it’s out loud or silent, Urena feels she is getting her message out without disrupting anything or attempting to influence students in their own religious beliefs. “All she wanted to do was to be able to continue to do that,” Sharp said. “If somebody doesn’t like Liza praying, they can just keep walking right into the school.”

  • Posted: 09/12/2013
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NH High School Affirms Parent’s Freedom to Pray

SC: Atheists Challenge Elementary School Graduation In Chapel With Christian Prayers

    Religion Clause Blog: The complaint (full text) in American Humanist Association v. Greenville County School District, (D SC, filed 9/11/2013), claims that the graduation ceremony in the chapel also included two student-led Christian prayers that had been reviewed and approved by school staff.

  • Posted: 09/12/2013
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  • On The Right Not To Be Offended | Joe Infranco at Alliance Defending Freedom

    Mother Barred From Praying on Steps of New Hampshire School Now Praying Silently on Campus

    Freedom ‘Of’ Not Freedom ‘From’ | Bradley Abramson at Townhall

    Praying mother back at N.H. school, praying silently | Boston Globe (AP)

    N.H. school affirms parent’s freedom to pray | Alliance Defending Freedom

    Praying mom back at NH school, praying silently

    Mother now praying silently on Concord High campus | Concord Monitor

    RI: Federal Lawsuit Challenges Noise From Church Bells

    Presidential Proclamation Declared Last Weekend Days of Prayer and Remembrance For 9-11 Victims

    AL: Madison County Commission expecting lawsuit from Freedom From Religion over prayer at meetings

    ACLU joins fight against Kountze cheerleaders’ scripture banners