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May 20th, 2013
10:28 AM ET

High court to review church-state dispute over public prayers

By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer

Washington (CNN) - A dispute over public prayers at town board meetings will be taken up by the Supreme Court in coming months, another contentious case over the intersection of faith and the public arena.

The justices announced Monday it will decide whether a New York community may continue what it calls "inclusive" prayers at its town board sessions. The policy now allows Wiccans and atheists to offer invocations.

But some local citizens sued and a federal appeals court found the policy to be an unconstitutional violation of the Establishment Clause, which forbids any government "endorsement" of religion.

The petition will be argued later this year or early in 2014, with a ruling ready by the spring.

The case is Town of Greece, N.Y. v. Galloway (12-696).

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Filed under: Christianity • Courts • Faith Now

soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. Felix Sinclair

    Let's just get a hundred people in the crowd to pray along – each to a different god.

    June 2, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
    • Weee!

      Krishna, Vishnu, Odin Loki
      Frey and Freya, Annie Oakley
      Hermes, Thor, and our Osiris
      Juno, Isis...hope they hear us

      June 30, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
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