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Reaction to ruling on Greece prayer

Washington (AP) -- The Supreme Court has ruled prayers that open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution even if they routinely stress Christianity.

The court said in 5-4 decision Monday that the content of the prayers is not critical as long as officials make a good-faith effort at inclusion.

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ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief

"We are disappointed by today's decision.  Official religious favoritism should be off-limits under the Constitution," said Daniel Mach in a statement, director of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys

"The Supreme Court has again affirmed that Americans are free to pray. In America, we tolerate a diversity of opinions and beliefs; we don't silence people or try to separate what they say from what they believe. Opening public meetings with prayer is a cherished freedom that the authors of the Constitution themselves practiced. Speech censors should have no power to silence volunteers who pray for their communities just as the Founders did."

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys represent the town of Greece in the lawsuit, Town of Greece v. Galloway. Lead counsel and allied attorney Thomas G. Hungar of the Washington, D.C. law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP argued the case before the Supreme Court in November of last year.

 
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