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

Concord bans mom from praying at steps of school each morning | Unions Leader

Atheist Activist Group Demands Texas City to Cease Holding Public Prayers Before Council Meetings

NH: Concord administrators plan to stop mother from praying outside school

Court orders NC Rowan County Commissioners to stop “sectarian” prayers

TX: League City Tradition Under Attack

ADF: Michigan school district caved to ACLU | One News Now

Federal court allows public invocations in Hamilton County, Tenn. | Alliance Defending Freedom

Christian Legal Group Tackles Tiff Over Football Coach, Student-Led Prayers | ChristianNews.net

    ChristianNews.net: However, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, announced on Wednesday that they have mailed a letter to BHS administrators, asking them to revise their religious expression policies. Using quotations from court precedent, ADF lawyers argue in the letter that the school’s aforementioned Regulation 5605.1 violates students’ First Amendment rights, and that Superintendent Glass’s statement regarding students’ “faith and freedom” was demonstrably false. . . . ADF spokespersons state that they will consider taking legal action against the school if the policies in question are not modified. “The Constitution should be the only permission slip students need to exercise their freedom of speech,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “We commend the school for not caving to the ACLU’s unwarranted demands, but urge them to amend their outdated policies so that this does not happen in the future and students’ religious speech is protected.” [more . .. quotes from the letter]

  • Posted: 07/19/2013
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Capitol Police arrest pastor praying for Pennsylvania attorney general

    TribLive.com: A Montgomery County pastor, in an effort to see Kane, was arrested Friday while attempting to ride an elevator to a secure floor where her office is located. Pastor Wiliam Devlin said he came to pray for Kane, so she would “have a change of heart.” Capitol police cited him for disorderly conduct and carried him out of Strawberry Square, said police spokeswoman Holly Lubart. He’ll face a fine for the misdemeanor offense, she said.

  • Posted: 07/18/2013
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ACLU, ADF Clash Over Legality of Student-Led Football Game Prayer

ACLU attacks student-led prayer at football games | Alliance Defending Freedom

SC: More Students Join Irmo Prayer Lawsuit

New Prayer Policy Approved by SC School District, Giving Students Control of Decision Whether to Pray at Events

Shall we pray at governmental meetings? | TimeWV.com

TN: Knoxville council meeting begins with prayer despite recent warning

Tibetan parliament slams Chinese firing on prayer meet

Challenger To Franklin Co, MO Invocations Cannot Proceed Anonymously

KY: Wisconsin activists warn Danville City Commission about its prayers

Young Marines win fight to keep “God” in prayer

Israeli Women’s Group Says Police Prevent Prayers

KY: Group complains about commission prayers

MI: School bans ‘Tebowing’ style post game prayer following ACLU complaint

A look at the ruling on prayer at public meetings | Public Opinion Online

Lumberton ISD Principal’s Prayer Prompts Threats from Freedom from Religion Foundation

New York prayer case could have local input – and impact | Winston Salem-Journal

School Prayer 50 Years Later: What Do Americans Believe? | Huffington Post

NC: Forsythe Commissioners considering statement of support in prayer case

In defence of prayer

Atheists Lose One | Nate Kellum at American Thinker

Indiana lawmakers to keep starting meetings with prayer

Banned School Run Prayer Hits 50 Year Anniversary

FFRF seeks reprimand of WI school superintendent for exhorting parents to pray

MO: Judge Won’t Dismiss Suit Over Prayer

Freedom from Religion Foundation Lacks Standing To Challenge Arizona Day of Prayer Proclamations

Church and State: Like a prayer

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

300 detained at Moscow Muslim prayer room following Putin crackdown

On taxpayers’ tab: Muslim prayer room, foot baths at San Fran International Airport

CAIR Demands School Accommodate Muslim Prayers, Attacks Off-Site Voluntary Bible Lesson

IL: Debate over prayer at city council meetings

SC: Valedictorian who ripped up speech and invoked God explains why he did it

Atheist group blames school for student reciting the Lord’s Prayer at graduation

Island County commission kills prayer proposal

Supreme Court To Hear Landmark Case Defending Public Prayer | Alan Sears

Louisiana Passes Bill Encouraging Student Use of School Space For Prayer

Uh-Oh! A Teacher Prayed In School

SC: Valedictorian surprises graduation crowd, draws cheers

WA: Oak Harbor faces lawsuit over prayer

Louisiana: School prayer bill clears Legislature

CA: Government prayer headed for high court decision

WA: County commissioner floating new county prayer policy

Like a prayer | The Economist

La. bill brings prayer back to school

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

Court to hear case on constitutionality of prayers at public meetings | Catholic Globe

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

Despite Atheist Objections, Prayer Offered at Kentucky High School Graduation

Let this N.Y. town pray in peace: The Supreme Court will decide whether invocations at the start of town meetings are Constitutional | Joe Infranco at NY Daily News

Fight over commencement prayers never graduates | World Magazine

    Angela Lu at World Magazine: Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, said groups like the FFRF lead schools to believe that any religious speech in school ceremonies is illegal, and consequently their knee-jerk reaction is to shut it down. But the students’ private speech is protected by the First Amendment, and when student graduation speakers are chosen through a neutral process, like by GPA or student council leadership, the student has autonomy from the school to speak about whatever they want. “As long as the school not does not encourage them to include or exclude religious content, if the student decides to express their religious beliefs or say a prayer, no one would think the school sponsors religious belief,” Tedesco said. “It’s not the school speaking, it’s the private speech of the student.”

  • Posted: 05/29/2013
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Study: World War II Soldiers Relied on Prayer, Not Returning Home to Loved Ones, for Motivation

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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Quebec: Appeals court sides with mayor in prayer fight

Supreme Court case could affect prayer at West Deptford, Elk meetings

KY: Despite objections, prayer goes on at Lincoln graduation

High court to weigh in on legislative prayers | Seattle Times

Arizona lawmaker admits he is an atheist and says it felt freeing | God Discussion

Sailors forced to hear shipboard prayer | FFRF

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Alliance Defending Freedom Public Prayer Case | Brett Harvey

Supreme Court to hear prayer case | Baptist Standard

No prayers at public meetings? Supreme Court will take up the case | CNS on CatholicPhilly.com