Skip to comments.Supreme Court Upholds Freedom to Pray at Public Meetings
Posted on 05/05/2014 7:45:16 PM PDT by marshmallow
The U.S. Supreme Court on May 5 upheld the practice of voluntary prayer before public meetings by a 5-4 ruling, drawing praise from those who said such prayers are a long American tradition that avoids censoring religion.
Opening public meetings with prayer is a cherished freedom that the authors of the Constitution themselves practiced, Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel David Cortman said May 5. Speech censors should have no power to silence volunteers who pray for their communities just as the Founders did.
Cortman said the Supreme Court affirmed that Americans are free to pray.
In America, we tolerate a diversity of opinions and beliefs; we dont silence people or try to separate what they say from what they believe, he said.
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I’d like to know who voted yes and vice versa...
The fascists will always have another try and once they wining is “settled law”
The DemocRATS have to lose one every now and then in the courts just to make it look to Americans as if we’re playing on a level playing field in the court system.
The naysayers......Kagan (who wrote the dissenting opinion), Breyer, Ginsburg and Sotomayor.
Kagan, Sotomayor, Ginsberg, Breyer voted against.
And that’s how close it is ... one vote away from losing the country. ONE.
Religious freedom in America is still alive, at least until the few prevail over the many or the Supreme Court decides otherwise.
Maybe GOD is not judging America based on the sins of the few who have tried to destroy it. Maybe GOD has allowed this evil experience to humble us and get our attention. Maybe the prayers of HIS many believers will save America from destruction.
We are still free to believe. Use it or lose it! So pray for America and its deliverance.
It seems obvious that the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from relgion. Put that together with freedom of speech and it seems clear.
“It seems obvious that the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from relgion. Put that together with freedom of speech and it seems clear.”
Yeah. Sure was mighty big of them to barely see it that way.
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Here you go:
JUSTICE KENNEDY delivered the opinion of the Court, except as to Part IIB, concluding that the towns prayer practice does not violate the Establishment Clause.
JUSTICE KENNEDY, joined by THE CHIEF JUSTICE and JUSTICE ALITO, concluded in Part IIB that a fact-sensitive inquiry that considers both the setting in which the prayer arises and the audience to whom it is directed shows that the town is not coercing its citizens to engage in a religious observance.
JUSTICE THOMAS, joined by JUSTICE SCALIA as to Part II, agreed that the towns prayer practice does not violate the Establishment Clause, but concluded that, even if the Establishment Clause were properly incorporated against the States through the Fourteenth Amendment, the Clause is not violated by the kind of subtle pressures respondents allegedly suffered, which do not amount to actual legal coercion.
KENNEDY, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, except as to Part IIB. ROBERTS, C. J., and ALITO, J., joined the opinion in full, and SCALIA and THOMAS, JJ., joined except as to Part IIB. ALITO, J., filed a con- curring opinion, in which SCALIA, J., joined. THOMAS, J., filed an opin- ion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, in which SCALIA, J., joined as to Part II. BREYER, J., filed a dissenting opinion. KAGAN, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which GINSBURG, BREYER, and SOTOMAYOR, JJ., joined.
> Kagan, Sotomayor, Ginsberg, Breyer voted against.
To be expected from that bunch.
Thank you. I hoped it wouldn’t be that close but figured that it would be...
No, one vote away from states like Texas nullifying federal judicial, legislative and executive acts that clearly and grievously violate and ignore the Constitution - the only basis of delegated and limited federal power via agreement and ratification of the states to begin with.
More attempts to do the wrong thing the right way. The 14th Amendment does not give the federal government ANY power over the states EXCEPT to forbid state laws requiring segregation. The original intent and text plainly does that and was confirmed by the Slaughterhouse cases. It's time to nullify the collectivists' decisions that clearly and grievously ignored stare decisis doctrine of precedent through the 1800's and changed the Constitution by fiat from the bench.
The Constitution is pointed almost exclusively as a limitation on the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. The collectivists have over the last 100+ years twisted the Constitution to give what was meant to be a limitation on the federal government to instead be a license to give he federal government added power to enforce over the states and individuals.
If SCOTUS doesn't reverse this crap, then the states must!
.....”And thats how close it is ... one vote away from losing the country. ONE.”.....
That’s frightening and more than worrisome as you know. This election ahead will be a do or die Imo.