U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa has ruled that the Greece (New York) City Council can open its meetings with prayer:
The judge signed an order Thursday tossing out a lawsuit filed by two residents of the town of Greece who had complained that prayers held at the start of town council meetings favored Christians and violated the separation of church and state.
U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa noted that government bodies throughout the country routinely invite religious leaders to make invocations at the start of public meetings.
He said those prayers are acceptable as long as the town body isn’t proselytizing or advancing any one faith at the expense of others.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State lost the case. They’re deciding whether or not to appeal.
In any case, I can think of one way to combat this.
Atheists need to get on that slate as often as possible to deliver secular invocations.
While we’re at it, keep track of how often Jesus in invoked and Allah is not. Let’s see how balanced the prayers really are… At what point would it be considered advancing a particular faith?
Anyone have better solutions?