This week in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of local governments to begin their meetings with prayer. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy reasoned that prayer at public meetings has been part of American life since the founding of the country, and should be permitted to continue, so long as it isn’t coercive.
Justice Kennedy wrote that prayer may invoke reference to Jesus Christ, but may not be critical of other faith traditions. In addition, local government bodies may not compel anyone to participate, or be critical of anyone for failing to participate in the prayer. For more on this story, click here.
Posted: May 9, 2014