Friday, August 27, 2010

Recurring Theme: Will Courts Tell the Clergy How to Pray (and to Whom)?

Yet another story is in the news about the issue of a town council opening meetings with prayer. This time it is from the town of Greece (near Rochester, NY). A couple residents did not like the way prayers were given in some cases and filed suit. In this case (and for now) the town won and may continue their practice.

The town was assisted by the Alliance Defense Fund. The ADF lawyer summed it up this way:

"Oddly enough, what they were asking the town to do is to tell clergy how and to whom to pray," he says. "Of course we thought this was a horrible affront to the Constitution -- if the separation of church and state means anything, then it means that the state should not be telling clergy how and to whom to pray."

To object to prayers, even to prayers in Jesus' name, ignores much of our history when our Founders followed similar practices.And these same Founders wrote the First Amendment, which is what our courts have come to use (in many cases) to prohibit the very same practices. It's a little like watching a tennis match.

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