Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case regarding compulsory prayer before governmental meetings. The town of Greece, NY, decreed in 1999 that all town board meetings would begin with prayer. The vast majority of clergy asked to lead the prayer are from Christian churches, which some say violates their First Amendment right to freedom of religion, since individuals have vastly different belief systems.
In addition, when the clergy accept the invitation to pray before the meetings, they are then acting on behalf of the government. Some argue that this crosses the line between “separation of church and state.”
What do you think? Do you think that compulsory prayer before governmental meetings should be done away with? Do you think the town should have to simply provide prayer in a more inclusive way, honoring different belief systems? Or, do you think they should be allowed to continue in the way they’ve conducted business for the past 10+ years? Join the discussion on Facebook and let us know!