Congressional Digest

Supreme Court Debates January 2014 No. 1 Vol. 17
Legislative Prayer

Legislative Prayer

Religious Expression During Government Proceedings

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For 14 years, the town of Greece, New York, has begun its board meetings by inviting a member of the community to offer a prayer.

For the first nine years, and all but a few occasions since then, those prayers have been led by Christian clergy who live in the town. Some of the prayers have referred specifically to Jesus, “your son,” and “the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives.”

In September 2007, Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens, two residents of Greece, complained that they were uncomfortable with the pre-meeting prayers and considered them an endorsement of the Christian faith. According to t…

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