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Writing for the court on Monday, Justice Anthony Kennedy said that forcing clergy to scrub the prayers of references to Jesus Christ and other sectarian religious figures would turn officials into censors. Instead, Kennedy said, the prayers should be seen as ceremonial and in keeping with the nation traditions. 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 Air Force Brown Suede
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they represent, rather than to exclude or coerce nonbelievers, Kennedy said. Justice Elena Kagan, writing for the court four liberal justices, said, respectfully dissent from the court opinion because I think the Town of Greece prayer practices violate that norm of religious equality the breathtakingly generous constitutional idea that our public institutions belong no less to the Buddhist or Hindu than to the Methodist or Episcopalian. said the case differs significantly from the 1983 decision because town meetings involve participation by ordinary citizens, and the invocations given directly to those citizens were predominantly sectarian in content. The justice said Monday there are differences between the two situations, including the age of the audience and the fact that attendees at the council meeting may step out of the room if they do not like the prayer.
elected officials are the intended audience. In Greece, prayers there are directed squarely at the citizens, she said. Kagan also noted what she described as the meetings intimate setting, with 10 or so people sitting in front of the town elected and top appointed officials. Children and teenagers are likely to be present, she said. Kennedy and his four colleagues in the majority al.
religiously diverse. The content of the prayers is not significant as long as they do not denigrate non Christians or try to win converts, the court said in a 5 4 decision backed by its conservative majority. The outcome relied heavily on a 1983 decision in which the court upheld an opening prayer in the Nebraska Legislature and said prayer is part of the nation fabric, not a violation of the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion.
In her dissent, Kagan said the council meeting prayers are unlike those said to open sessions of Congress and state legislatures, where the Air Force One Mid 07
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