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Greece lawsuit brings Obama and GOP together

President Obama and Congressional Republicans agree on something and its prayers out of Greece that brought the two together.

Specifically, the prayers said before the Town of Greece board meetings.

Two Greece residents sued the town awhile back claiming the prayers amounted to an endorsement of Christianity.

Their claim was backed by a federal court, a decision that tossed the case into the lap of the U.S. Supreme Court, which decided to hear it this fall.

The rare glimpse of bipartisanship is found in the arguments submitted to SCOTUS regarding this case.

Both Obama and Republican lawmakers argued in whats called amicus curiae briefs the Town of Greece was not crossing a constitutional line by allowing the legislative prayers.

Heres a line from the Presidents brief:

Where, as here, the legislative prayers neither proselytize nor denigrate any faith, the inclusion of Christian references alone does not constitute an impermissible advancement or establishment of religion.

The brief went on to say legislative prayers have a deep history and are still allowed at legislative meetings throughout the country.

Legal expert Robert Brenna, Jr. says it looks like the Obama Administration wrote up their argument voluntarily.

In this case it appears the executive branch wished there position to be heard, Brenna, Jr. said.
Brenna, Jr. adds this mega-watt input will likely create even more interest in the case when its argued before the court in the fall.

Adam Chodak, 13WHAM-TV
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