WRGB Search Results
Supreme Court to Consider Government Led Prayer
GREECE -- Greece town board meetings have started with a prayer for years, and often a Christian prayer.
Two Greece residents, Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens sued the town saying the opening prayer was promoting Christianity.
Both felt that they should not be told to bow their heads and join a collective prayer.
The first judge to hear the case disagreed with the women. The second circuit court of appeals said Greece's selection process, coupled with the language used in the prayers, did violate the constitution's separation between church and state. The suit will now go before U.S. Supreme Court Justices on Wednesday.
Regardless of this case, the tradition of starting Greece town board meetings with a prayer has continued.
The town has the support of 23 states, 119 members of the U.S. Senate and House, and the Obama Administration. All in agreement, stating the tradition of legislative prayer began with the very first session of Congress.