Written by Don Byrd
In the newest issue of Report From the Capital, Baptist Joint Committee General Counsel K. Hollyn Hollman writes on the “legal and practical implications” of the U.S. Supreme Court’s legislative prayer decision. Here is a snippet:
Though the 5-to-4 decision upholding “legislative prayer” was not totally unexpected, the majority’s lack of concern about the effects of the Town’s repeated and distinctly Christian prayers in a forum for citizen participation is troubling. The decision does not signal the demise of religious freedom. It is, however, a disappointing departure, albeit in one specific context, from an important First Amendment promise. That promise, as Justice Elena Kagan said in the dissent, is “that every citizen, irrespective of her religion, owns an equal share in her government.”
Read the whole thing.