Americans United for
Separation of Church and State Abolishment of Religion can hardly stand it that a town council in New York opens each session with a Christian prayer, that it demands the council pray to other gods to avoid “offending anyone.”
Americans United sued the Greece, N.Y., Town Board and its supervisor, John Auberger, on behalf of two local residents who object to government-sponsored religious activities that favor one faith over others. The lawsuit alleges that almost all of the boards opening prayers are explicitly Christian, and that since 2004, only a single non-Christian has been invited to deliver the opening prayer.
After receiving complaints from local residents, Americans United sent a letter in July urging the Greece Town Board to either stop praying before its meetings or choose inclusive prayers that are nonsectarian. (emphasis mine)
Uh, “Reverend,” a ‘nonsectarian prayer’ is an oxymoron. There is ‘prayer’ to God and God alone and there is ‘idol worship,’ which you obviously support.
Citing Supreme Court precedent, Americans Uniteds letter noted that the high court has made clear that legislative prayer is permissible only if it is nonsectarian, in other words, only if it does not use language or symbols specific to one religion.
What you are citing is breathingist precedent.
Todays legal action, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, was prompted by Greece officials refusal to alter its prayer policy.
It is unfortunate, especially for the taxpayers, that town officials insist on defending an unconstitutional practice, Lynn said. This litigation is likely to cost the community scarce public funds that could have been better spent elsewhere.
Good for them for taking a stand for what is right. What is truly unfortunate, is that liberal bullies like Barry Lynn use politics to force their warped morality on a small, innocent community guilty of nothing beyond the Framers’ original intent.
Americans United argues in its lawsuit that the practices of favoring Christian clergy and prayers at Town Board meetings … convey the message that the Christian religion is favored or preferred by the Town over other religions and over nonreligion.
No, actually, all it means is the council is exercising its First Amendment rights to pray to God before its meetings.
Moreover, the lawsuit charges that the practices send the message to adherents of the Christian religion that they are political insiders, and simultaneously send the message to non-Christians that they are political outsiders.
If Mr Lynn actually is foolish enough to believe his own words, then certainly witnesses swearing on the bible in our courts across the country every day send the same message. The bible, after all, is only for Christians. A Muslim jury member could then reject the sworn testimony of a witness because he didn’t swear on the Koran. The list goes on and on. If other religions were so important to the function of government, why did the Founder quote the bible more than any other source when discussing the founding documents?
AU’s pipe dream of a nonsectarian prayer, a Godless government, a religion-free Constitution can only be twisted into reality by breathingist courts and polluted judges. Mr. Lynn would do well to heed the words of the Apostle Paul from Romans 1: 21-23 “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.”