Roundup: Supreme Court Upholds Public Prayer

Posted on May 7, 2014 in Religious Freedom by

Already this landmark decision is being called controversial by both opponents of public prayer and advocates. That might sound strange, but some are wondering if the fact that the court ruled on public prayer at all is a sign that our religious freedoms are being viewed as government granted rather than God-given, as our Founders believed. It is a valid thought to consider as increasing government intrusion on individual liberty and religious freedom has reached historic proportions.

But, for the moment we do need to celebrate what is potentially one of the most critical victories regarding religious freedom in our country in quite a while. Under one of the most religiously oppressive administrations in recent history we should celebrate every victory and be thankful for the freedoms that continue to shape America. Here’s a few of the articles commenting on the recent decision by the Supreme Court.

The Blaze: Supreme Court Upholds Prayer at Council Meetings in Landmark Ruling: “…the case will serve as a beacon in addressing other similar battles unfolding in localities across America, especially considering the role that prayer has traditionally played in U.S. society. Consider that the five majority justices argued that invocations are a key part of national tradition,according to the Associated Press. ‘The inclusion of a brief, ceremonial prayer as part of a larger exercise in civic recognition suggests that its purpose and effect are to acknowledge religious leaders and the institutions they represent, rather than to exclude or coerce nonbelievers,’ said Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote for the majority.”

Citizenlink: U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Prayer at Government Meetings: “After more than five years of legal battles, the nation’s high court ruled today in favor of public prayers — including those ‘in Jesus’ name’ — before government meetings. ‘The Supreme Court has reaffirmed that the practice of prayer before legislative bodies is firmly embedded in the history and traditions of this nation,’ said Thomas Hungar, an allied attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which represented the town. ‘Americans should be free to speak and act consistently with their own beliefs.'”

Family Research Council: Justice Kennedy’s Reminder: Some Americans Just Need to Grow Up: “…there is a particularly noteworthy thread of argument woven throughout Justice Kennedy’s opinion.  Several times, he alludes to a fact that needs to be expressed more often, both in our courts and everyday life: Mature adults should act that way. ‘Our tradition assumes that adult citizens, firm in their own beliefs, can tolerate and perhaps appreciate a ceremonial prayer delivered by a person of a different faith,’ he argues. In other words, rather than wear your religious beliefs and cultural mores like touch-sensitive antennae, act enough like an adult that you don’t take offense unnecessarily or easily.”

WND: He killed school prayer, now applauds it: “Sharply parting ways with his mother’s strident atheism, Murray has since become a Christian minister and now promotes the free exercise of religion in the public square as chairman of the Washington-based Religious Freedom Coalition. He told WND in an interview Monday that the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway is ‘a victory for the right not to be offended. Today you can’t have a cross on someone’s grave, because it might offend a non-Christian who walks through the graveyard,’ Murray said. ‘This case refutes a claim made by the political left today that a person has an inherent right in the Constitution of the United States that says nobody can say anything or write anything that offends me or my ideas,’ he said.”

 

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