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Jul 14, 2017

Appeals court: Board’s prayer practice is unconstitutional

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Elected officials’ practice of opening meetings in North Carolina with Christian prayer and inviting audience members to join is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a closely watched case likely headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that […]

Mar 20, 2017

Texas AG raises concerns over high school’s prayer room

Every day at lunch, a handful of teenagers in Frisco, Texas, would pop into room C112, face a whiteboard and kneel for one of their five daily prayers. It was just a spare classroom, used for everything from teachers’ grading to Buddhist meditation, school officials say. But Muslims at Liberty High seemed to like it. […]

May 7, 2014

Residents in town prayer case: Debate continues

GREECE (AP) — The upstate New York residents who challenged their town board’s prayer practice before the nation’s highest court said their disappointment in losing is softened by the dialogue and action the case has inspired. A day after the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrow decision upholding Christian prayers at the start of Greece Town Board […]

May 5, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court: Greece can open meetings with prayer

It is not unconstitutional for the town of Greece to open its Town Board meetings with a prayer, even if the prayer expresses the beliefs of one faith, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday morning in a 5-4 decision in the Town of Greece v. Galloway. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who delivered the majority opinion, […]

May 20, 2013

Supreme Court to hear Greece prayer case

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case involving prayers at public Greece town meetings. Certiorari was granted earlier today in a case first brought to federal court in February 2008 by Greece residents Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens. The town of Greece began inviting local clergy to say a short prayer before its town board […]

Jan 17, 2012

Court rejects appeal over prayer at public meeting

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a North Carolina county commission over the mostly Christian prayers offered at the beginning of its public meetings. The justices on Tuesday left in place a federal appeals court ruling that held that the predominantly Christian prayers at the start of Forsyth County commission meetings […]

Sep 13, 2011

Second Circuit to review Greece prayer case

A town of Greece case involving prayer at public meetings is in the hands of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Oral arguments were heard Monday in New York City. Town residents Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens ...

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