The Washington Post: Court curbs Christian prayer in public meetings

Supreme Court turns away local government appeal over prayer at public meetings

By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, January 17, 9:09 AM

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a North Carolina county commission over the mostly Christian prayers offered at the beginning of its public meetings.

The justices on Tuesday left in place a federal appeals court ruling that held that the predominantly Christian prayers at the start of Forsyth County commission meetings violated the First Amendment’s prohibition on government endorsement of a particular religion.

The commission said its doors have long been open to religious leaders of many faiths. But the appeals court in Richmond, Va., found that more than three-quarters of the 33 invocations given before meetings between May 2007 and December 2008 referred to “Jesus,” ‘’Jesus Christ,” ‘’Christ” or “Savior.”

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via Supreme Court turns away local government appeal over prayer at public meetings – The Washington Post.

Lots more to follow tomorrow!

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A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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3 Responses to The Washington Post: Court curbs Christian prayer in public meetings

  1. Pieter Stok says:

    I’m an Aussie, which is theoretically far more secular than the US, but my wife spends a couple of hours every week in the local state primary school, telling children in various classes about Jesus – and praying! The whole school of 300 children, their teachers and about 250 parents and other relatives came together in a local church to celebrate Christmas. As I said, Australia is supposed to be the secular country!

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