Supreme Court Upholds Legislative Prayer at Local Government Level

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A majority of the Supreme Court has upheld the right of local governments to open their meetings with prayer so long as the practice over time does not proselytize or advance any one faith or disparage another. In Town of Greece v. Gallowaythe Court found that prayers at the opening of legislative sessions lend gravity to the occasion and reflect values that have long been part of the country’s heritage, and that it would be inappropriate for government to act as supervisors or censors of the content of such prayers.

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