Supreme Court rules on prayer in town meetings.

The Supreme Court ruled on May 5 that a town in upstate New York did not violate the Constitution by starting its public meetings with a prayer.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority in a 5-to-4 decision that divided the court’s more conservative members from its liberal ones, said the prayers were merely ceremonial. They were neither unduly sectarian nor likely to make members of other faiths feel unwelcome.

Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said, “Maybe this is a sign of a better way forward, toward a right kind of free marketplace of faith expression in American life. Let’s pray that it is.”

To read Russell Moore’s article, click here.

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