From the tabloids:
US Supreme Court to hear public-meeting prayer case
States ask for clarity on rules
May 20, 2013
The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a new case on the intersection of religion and government in a dispute over prayers used to open public meetings.
The justices said they will review an appeals court ruling that held that the upstate New York town of Greece, a Rochester suburb, violated the Constitution by opening nearly every meeting over an 11-year span with prayers that stressed Christianity.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the town should have made a greater effort to invite people from other faiths to open its monthly board meetings.
The town says the high court already has upheld prayers at the start of legislative meetings and that private citizens offered invocations of their own choosing. The town said in court papers that the opening prayers should be found to be constitutional, “so long as the government does not act with improper motive in selecting prayer-givers.”
Two town residents who are not Christian complained that they felt marginalized by the steady stream of Christian prayers and challenged the practice. They are represented by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear town meeting prayer case
Two residents sued Greece, New York, in 2008, saying it was endorsing Christianity, a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment guarantee of separation of church and state.
Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens said the vast majority of prayer-givers since the practice started in 1999 were Christian ministers. Attendees would often be asked to join in or bow their heads, they alleged.
Supreme Court will rule on prayer at government meetings
“The women don’t question all government prayers. Rather, they argue that in Greece, virtually all of the volunteer clergy were Christian, and two-thirds of the prayers delivered between 1999 and June 2010 contained references to “Jesus Christ,” “Your Son,” “the Holy Spirit” or “Jesus.”
Susan Galloway is Jewish.
Perhaps the reason that the vast majority of prayer givers were Christian ministers is because the vast majority of the public IS Christian. Only 6% of the population is Jewish, 66% percent is Catholic, 19% is Protestant, and 10% is listed as Other. http://www.city-data.com/city/Greece-New-York.html#ixzz2W0vOmlPf
Linda Stephens is atheist
If an atheist felt uncomfortable during an invocation at a public meeting then one would have to question her conviction of faith. If she truly were a non-believer she would not” feel” uncomfortable, instead she simply would not care. Atheists have no one to pray to since they reject the belief in deities therefore, her stance is simply anti-Christian, and thus her motive in this case.
Both Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens present an intolerant attitude toward other religious groups. Susan Galloway would cut her nose off to spite her face by not allowing ANY invocation including one from a Rabbi. IF Linda Stephens gets her way in this case then her mission of removing religion from the state is complete. What a selfish and intolerant attitude.
Both are represented by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. This group likes to use a quote by Thomas Jefferson, “, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which [built]… a wall of separation between church and state.”
The major malfunction is that of omission. Here is the complete quote, “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.” Notice that Thomas Jefferson is discussing “legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Americans United for Separation of Church and State distorted Jefferson’s words to fit their agenda.
The phrase “Separation of Church and State,” is a battle cry for those who cannot tolerate any religious references, or influences on the State.