Supreme Court to Hear Public Prayer Case

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear 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, will be represented by a team including attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) as it appeals 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 violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause with its opening prayers.

ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman stated, “Americans today should be as free as the Founders were to pray… The Founders prayed while drafting our Constitution’s Bill of Rights, and the Supreme Court has ruled that public prayer is part of the ‘history and tradition of this country.’”

ADF Senior Counsel Brett Harvey added, “A few people should not be able to extinguish the traditions of our nation merely because they heard something they didn’t like…. It’s perfectly constitutional to allow community members to ask for God’s blessing according to their conscience.”

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: May 24, 2013