Media Coverage of AU’s case Greece v. Galloway

Americans United responded immediately to the Supreme Court’s wrongheaded decision in Greece v. Galloway. We explained to print, TV and online media how the decision is a serious blow to church-state separation and out of step with the realities of modern-day America, which is marked by expanding religious and philosophical diversity. Others in the media are following suit. Read what several leading journalists and bloggers are saying about the impact and future ramifications of the Greece decision.

A New Low At The High Court

Justices Approve ‘Majority-Rules’ Government Prayer Scheme

This ruling is out of step with the realities of modern-day America, which is marked by expanding religious and philosophical diversity.

CNN Belief Blog

After Supreme Court ruling, do religious minorities have a prayer?

If you don’t like it, leave the room.

That’s Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s advice for atheists and others who object to sectarian prayers before government meetings.

Many members of the country’s majority faith – that is, Christians – hailed the ruling.

Many members of minority faiths, as well as atheists, responded with palpable anger, saying the Supreme Court has set them apart as second-class citizens.

Christian Science Monitor

Supreme Court: Constitution allows for public prayer at town meetings

Justice Kagan noted that sectarian prayers were coercive, saying that “residents seeking board approval of some project or request might feel pressure to participate in the prayer out of fear that they would offend board members and sour their chances by remaining seated or leaving.”

Associated Baptist Press

Supreme Court upholds ceremonial prayer at public meetings

The SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission says the Constitution allows sectarian prayer at public meetings, while the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty says such prayers turn government business into religious exercise.

Joining Kennedy in the majority opinion were Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas concurred in part.

Religion Dispatches

Supreme Court Rules Sectarian Legislative Prayer Constitutional

While conservatives are celebrating today’s Supreme Court decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway as a crucial victory for religious freedom, advocates of church-state separation are warning that the decision could lead to the marginalizing of religious minorities.

Bloomberg News

Legislative Prayer Backed in U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

In deciding against Greece, a New York-based federal appeals court adopted an O’Connor-crafted test for church-state separation questions. The appeals court said the town’s practice “must be viewed as an endorsement” of Christianity, violating the Constitution.

The ruling, the court’s first on the issue in three decades, extends a 1983 decision that said legislative bodies could begin sessions with nondenominational blessings.

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