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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Supreme Court Declines to Take on Prayer at Government Meetings

The U.S. Supreme Court passed on the opportunity to hear two cases involving prayers at government meetings.  The first case, Forsyth County, N.C., v. Joyner, et al. (11-546), involved prayers with repeated references to Jesus Christ and to Christian themes at the twice-a-month public meetings of the County Board of Commissioners.  The second, Indian River School District, et al., v. Doe, et al. (11-569), involved a regular practice of a School District Board to open its monthly meetings with one of its members reciting a religious invocation.  The Fourth Circuit Court, in the Forsyth County case, and the Third Circuit, in the Indian River S.D. case, had ruled that both religious practices were unconstitutional, although opening the meeting with a nondenominational prayer was acceptable.

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink.


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