Should Prayer Be Removed From Public Meetings?
Public prayer is coming under fire. The U.S. Supreme Court has started hearing arguments on whether prayer should be banned from government meetings. So how would city leaders in our area feel about being forced to remove prayer from their meetings?
Prayer in state governments has been going on for more than 200 years and now the debate over public prayer in government meetings is in the forefront -- and some people in our area say prayer belongs only in the church.
Prayer at government meetings -- it's a tradition that's gone on for years in many cities across the nation.
But is it a tradition that will continue? It's a question the U.S. Supreme Court will have to answer.
Sandi Percival, with the Montgomery Freethought Association, says the government has no place for religion.
Both of the city leaders we spoke with say they have invited different religions to come participate in their prayers and they believe it's their way of reflecting the cities' diverse populations.
The case the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing involves prayer at council meetings in a town in New York. A federal appeals court has ruled the town violated the Constitution because nearly every prayer over 11 years was overtly Christian. Justices have to decide whether to uphold that ruling. A decision is expected by next summer.
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