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The US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, November 6, 2013. Earlier the Court heard oral arguments in the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway dealing with whether holding a prayer prior to the monthly public meetings in the New York town of Greece violates the Constitution by endorsing a single faith.
Today, in a ruling that split the justices 5-4, the Supreme Court ruled city council meetings across the country are legally allowed to include explicitly sectarian prayer.
Will citizens who don’t share the faith of those leading the prayer feel unwelcome or, more importantly, uncomfortable sharing their points-of-view with local government? What kind of environment does this create for the people of faith leading the prayer? Might proselytizing take place?
Greg Stohr, Supreme Court reporter for Bloomberg News