The Freedom to Pray

(image) On Monday the Supreme Court decided to uphold the right of prayer at public council meetings. The 5-4 split decision deems opening prayers at town council meetings not unconstitutional. The case was based out of Greece, NY where the traditional practice of opening public council meetings with prayer was challenged by two women, one an atheist and the other Jewish. Justice Anthony Kennedy sided with the opinion writing, "As a practice that has long endured, legislative prayer has become part of our heritage and tradition." Writing the dissent Justice Elena Kagan said that citizens, "even in a partly legislative body...should not confront government-sponsored worship that divides them along religious lines."

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Do you agree that prayers should be allowed at public government meetings?
 Yes, but keep the prayers inclusive without an exclusively Christian message.
 No, government, local or federal, shouldn't isolate religious minorities or the non-religious.
 No, and all religious sentiments should be stripped from government. Any mentioning of God in goverment affairs dismantles the principle of seperation of church and state.
 Yes, Christian prayers are part of this country's traditions. If you dismantle one, there is prededent for getting rid of all religiously inspired traditions.

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