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Supreme Court Justices Grapple with Public Prayer

On Wednesday, U.S. Supreme Court Justices heard from and interacted with attorneys in the case of a township in the State of New York that has been sued for having a public prayer before its town meetings. Greece, a suburb of Rochester, NY, was represented by a team including Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) counsel in appealing the ruling of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which agreed with the Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its clients that the Town of Greece had violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause with its opening prayers.  The Justices appeared to grapple with interest over the foundation for such legislative prayer and worries over government interference. A ruling is expected next year.

 

  • Find a transcript of these oral arguments before the Supreme Court.
  • Watch ADF’s assessment of the oral arguments from the Supreme Court steps.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

 

Published: November 8, 2013

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