Prayers to God for wisdom in public deliberations are safe once again: The U.S. Supreme Court held this week that the town of Greece, N.Y., could continue its practice of opening the meetings of its town board with a prayer.
The practice of commencing public deliberations with prayer has a deep historical pedigree in the United States, starting with Congress, which has a paid chaplain. Moreover, that practice has adapted over time along with the growing religious pluralism of the nation. Many towns opt for nondenominational prayers. Others, such as Greece, have established rotating prayers among religious groups as a way to reflect both our diversity as well as to recognize the common...READ MORE