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.”


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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]


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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

More on the legislative prayer case | Rick Garnett at Mirror of Justice

High court to weigh in on legislative prayers | KRQE (AP)

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

The U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Prayer in Government Meetings | Patheos

Supreme Court to Rule Whether Town Hall Prayers Predominantly in Jesus’ Name are Lawful | Christian News Network

Arizona House non-prayer sparks Christian re-do

Supreme Court to Decide on Prayer in Public Meetings

ADF: Prayers Heard on High! | FRC Washington Update

High Court Takes Up Prayer at Government Meetings | CBN

Ariz. lawmaker comes out as atheist during meeting | USA Today

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

Supreme Court takes up major prayer case | Christian Examiner

When can prayers and government activity coexist? | Lyle Denniston at Constitution Daily

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

Brevard cities take own approaches to prayer | Florida Today

Justices to weigh whether prayers at meetings violate separation of church, state | Robert Barnes at Washington Post

The Supreme Court To Hear Dispute Over Separation Of Church And State | Business Insider

My Take: Town prayers need less Jesus, more Krishna | Stephen Prothero at CNN

High court to hear government prayers case | ABP

Supreme Court to rule on prayer at government meetings | Salon

Supreme Court to Hear Case About Public Prayers | JD Journal

Greece prayer case enters national arena | Democrat and Chronicle

Justices to rule on government prayers | GOP USA

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

Supreme Court To Hear Historic Religious Liberty Case | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

Rowan, Union counties continue prayer prior to meetings

Prayer will be heard on high | Alliance Defending Freedom

Justices Take Case on Prayer at Town Board Meetings | NYT

FRC Commends SCOTUS for Taking Town of Greece v. Galloway, Could be Most Momentous Religious Liberty Victory in Decades

Wash. Florist Who Refused to Make Same-Sex Wedding Decorations Countersues | Christian Post

High Court To Weigh In On Legislative Prayers

High Court To Weigh In On Legislative Prayers | AP

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari In City Council Invocation Case

Americans United for Sep. of Church and State PR on SCOTUS prayer grant

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

CA: Plaintiff’s attorney asks for an August decision on Eureka invocations: Motion asks for new judge to hear prayer breakfast case

TX: Marion school board sticks with prayer that group says is illegal

TN: Blount County Commission holds off on prayer resolution

NV: Will city council prayer still separate church from state?

Australia: Charles Sturt residents split over prayer in council chamber

MO: Humanists threaten to sue Missouri school officials over teacher-led prayer meetings

Readers comment on prayer at Blount County Commission meetings

Text: Joint statement of Southern Baptist concern on religious liberty and the United States military

NC: Rockingham Co. school board votes against having public prayer

MD: County council nixes meeting prayer, opts for moment of silence

Elementary school’s ‘blessing of the fleet’ canceled for violating First Amendment

TN: Blount County Commission to vote on meeting prayer policy

WA: Unexpected prayer policy tabled by Oak Harbor council

OH: Dewine Rejects School Prayer Group’s Constitutional Amendment Effort

Arkansas School District Cancels Graduation Rather Than Allow Prayer

GA: School Bans Religious Graduation Songs

KY: Lincoln County High School grapples with prayer at graduation

In Israel “Women of the Wall” Pray With Police Protection After Winning Court Ruling

Student prayer rights bill passes NC Senate