Surprising for the times in which we live, a New York town was recently given the O.K. to continue starting their public meetings with a prayer.
The town in question was Greece, NY where one Jewish woman and one atheist challenged the practice saying that because the prayer was Christian, it violated the government’s obligation not to endorse a certain faith. The town board has been praying at the beginning of every meeting since 1999 and won’t be stopping anytime soon.
The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote in what they are calling a “limited” decision as it only pertains to that city. The women claimed that although it was given the green light before, this case is a bit different as they were legally obligated to attend.
Instead however, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that keeping the prayer was crucial in upholding the nation’s tradition. “The inclusion of a brief, ceremonial prayer as part of a larger exercise in civic recognition suggests that its purpose and effect are to acknowledge religious leaders and the institutions they represent, rather than to exclude or coerce nonbelievers,” Kennedy mentioned.
Although today Christianity is literally the only religion that can be insulted without fear of being deemed intolerant, it’s nice to see that we can still win once in a while.
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