Supreme Court Will Re-Examine Prayer at Government Meetings

(UPDATED) Becket Fund and Southern Baptists file in support of town's 'constitutionally protected' speech.

Update (Aug. 5): The small New York town at the center of the Supreme Court's first case in decades to address government prayer has two new allies.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has urged the court to uphold the Town of Greece's prayer policy. The Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission likewise wants to "prevent judges from becoming theological referees."

Becket, which thinks the case could "mark major change in church-state law," notes:

In Town of Greece v. Galloway, which will be heard and decided in October, the Court will address the constitutionality of legislative prayers for the first time in decades. In recent years appellate courts have split over the correct interpretation of the Establishment Clause. Town of Greece could be an opportunity for the Supreme Court to clarify interpretation of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause for the lower courts.

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