• Steph

    One simple way to avoid dealing with potentially offensive prayers is to let everyone pray silently.

    • fiona64

      Exactly.

    • L-dan

      Which appears to be what they had done initially with the moment of silence. I don’t even have a huge issue with a ‘benediction’ that’s non-denominational. They can even have secular benedictions *gasp*.

      I can see the point to a starting ‘ritual’ for meetings. Gets everyone to pause, stop checking email or chatting with their neighbor, etc. But making it exclusively about religion, or one religion vs. another isn’t cool.

      • bluelyon

        That’s what a gavel is for.

  • Gordon Duffy

    So much for that Constitution…

  • DMolloy

    He’s not up for reelection.

    • cjvg

      Thank god
      (yes that was intentional)

  • Joe_JP

    ” the administration takes pains to accommodate religious beliefs and
    assumes a level of good faith simply not supported in the record”

    The former is true enough — they have worked OT to so do on the contraceptive requirement, but some still complain about them not respecting religious liberty. They are annoyed that the Administration isn’t favoring their own beliefs.

    The latter might be correct. The lower court ruling seems to me a fair modest one [given USSC precedent, it could not deny the legitimacy of legislative prayer] & the USSC might have took the case to set forth a broader rule. Given the membership of the Court, it is strategically useful to criticize the ruling but still not go as far as the town is going. See also, SCOTUSBlog’s analysis.

    They had a better policy before — moment of silence — and the late day change is questionable & makes this different than other situations.

  • DMolloy

    One nation….divisible by God.

  • OGalaxy

    I’m growing tired of Obama’s Republican ways.

  • XaurreauX Pont DeLac

    Secularism is for grownups.

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