Public Prayer (10)
News related to praying in public
03/26/13 ... The Ninth Circuit has decided that invocations opening the city council meetings in the City of Lancaster, California, are acceptable, because the city solicits volunteers from local congregations of all faiths.
03/26/13 ... In Lakeland, Florida, the Eleventh Circuit reached a similar result in evaluating the city's new policy, which invites all religious groups to participate.
11/24/12 ... Historically, prayers are common before public meetings in America. Some public bodies have held prayer before their meetings for decades. Lately, such prayers have been under attack. At least five lawsuits challenge the prayers, and lawyers say there is a new complaint almost weekly, though some of these are resolved without filing. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is involved in many of the disputes, pressuring lawmakers to discontinue prayers. The ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State are also involved. On the defense side are Alliance Defending Freedom and similar groups.
10/01/12 ... While the Pueblo City Council decided to discontinue its invocation prayers, Colorado Springs intends to keep going with its invocations. It is a long-standing tradition, and clergy from various faiths participate--and even atheists. The Freedom From Religion Foundation objects to the practice.
08/07/12 ... Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment that both allows public prayer and lets student avoid assignments that violate their religious beliefs. In addition, public schools must post the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
05/29/12 ... In response to recent lawsuits about public prayer, the Missouri General Assembly has proposed an amendment to its constitution that will appear on the ballot for the August primary election. It provides that citizens' religious rights shall not be infringed, that school children have the right to pray, and that public schools shall display the Bill of Rights. http://www.neoshodailynews.com/newsnow/x639961286/BILL-REIBOLDT-Protecting-prayer-in-school?zc_p=0
05/25/12 ... Members of Congress have issued a resolution calling for prayer at school board meetings to be analyzed under the Marsh v. Chambers case, which considers legislative prayer to flow from history and tradition. (School board decisions have sometimes followed Marsh and sometimes followed an establishment clause analysis.)