Christian prayers said before meetings of an Upstate New York town council did not violate the constitutional prohibition against government establishment of religion; the justices cited history and tradition.
The court ruled 5 to 4 that
“Ceremonial prayer is but a recognition that, since this Nation was founded and until the present day, many Americans deem that their own existence must be understood by precepts far beyond the authority of government,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the court’s conservative majority.
The ruling reflected a Supreme Court that has become more lenient on how government may accommodate religion in civic life without crossing the line into an endorsement of a particular faith.
All nine justices endorsed the concept of legislative prayer, with the four dissenters agreeing that the public forum “need not become a religion-free zone,” in the words of Justice Elena Kagan.
But there was sharp disagreement after that, and the majority ruling could encourage public bodies to give more leeway to religious expression in their ceremonial prayers and less deference to the objections of religious minorities." There is more in my link above.
What do you think? Surprised? I am.
Also, I believe with all my heart that our country was founded by God and that he honors a country which honors His Son in the public arena. But, I question the decision to favor a 'specific religion' in public places.
Please help me decide one way or the other. I'd really like to hear both sides of this coin.
"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith..." Hebrews 12
God bless you this beautiful Sunday!