New York

Supreme Court To Consider Constitutionality of Opening Government Meetings With Prayer

|

Reason

The Supreme Court will hear arguments today regarding the constitutionality of holding prayers before government meetings. The New York town of Greece is to argue that opening meetings with a prayer is constitutional, citing previous cases. 

The town's case is being supported by the Obama administration. 

From UPI:

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Lawyers Wednesday readied arguments for the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of opening government meetings with prayer -- almost always Christian.

A town board in upstate New York, a suburb of Rochester, has opened its meetings for years with a Christian prayer led by a Christian cleric. But a federal appeals court ruled the prayers unconstitutional, finding they endorse Christianity.

Follow these stories and more at Reason 24/7 and don't forget you can e-mail stories to us at 24_7@reason.com and tweet us at @reason247