Prayer at Government Meetings?

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Prayer at Government Meetings?
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Mon, 05-20-2013 - 11:24am

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether prayers can be offered at government meetings -- a practice that's been common in Congress and throughout the states for more than two centuries.

The religious expression case, which comes to the court from the town of Greece, N.Y., focuses on the first 10 words of the First Amendment, ratified in 1791: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."

That Establishment Clause was violated, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year, when the Greece Town Board repeatedly used Christian clergy to conduct prayers at the start of its public meetings. The decision created a rift with other appeals courts that have upheld prayer at public meetings, prompting the justices to step in.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/05/20/supreme-court-prayer-new-york-government-meeting/2151385/?csp=fbfanpage

What do you think? Should prayer be allowed at public meetings?

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Tue, 05-21-2013 - 1:41pm

Yes.  Abandoning God has led to the degredation of society.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Tue, 05-21-2013 - 9:00am
What about a moment of silence.... Is that more politically correct? (*eye roll*)

 


 


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Registered: 09-01-2002
Mon, 05-20-2013 - 2:38pm

No, prayer should never be allowed at town meetings run by some form of government.  When I was a student, I was well-versed in the constitutionality of the separation of church and state.  It is actually unlawful (civilly) to not separate church and state.  Then I graduated and went out into the real world and was so surprised to see all of these silly Presidents, and Congressmen/women, etc. invoking a Christian God.  I guess I could care less since there's so much hypocrisy among our elected officials anyway.  And what better way to charm votes out of the masses than to invoke the Lord's name?  But I know it's wrong and I laugh.

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