Surprise: The public prayer crowd welcomes only certain types of prayer | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Surprise: The public prayer crowd welcomes only certain types of prayer

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 2:20 PM

In a case arising in Greece, N.Y., the U.S. Supreme Court upheld opening public meetings with prayer. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the policy was meant to represent, not exclude, all types of people, including non-believers.

Right.

Greece, N.Y., has adopted an official prayer policy. It excludes non-religious citizens and religions not well-established in the city.

Barry Lynn, the executive director the Americans United For Separation of Church and State, torched the new policy as unconstitutional and a warning sign for cities and towns all across the United States which may seek to adopt a similar policy.

"They said they're open to anybody. Now they're not open to anybody," Lynn told TPM. "It's really a scam. This is a way to go back to business as we had sadly always expected it. They only want religious people — frankly they only want Christians — to participate. This is a step backward."

Do you a doubt for a minute that the many schools and governments that open meetings and games in Arkansas with regular Christian prayers, in defiance of court rulings, would open the mike to an atheist, an agnostic or, God forbid, a Muslim?

Tags: , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (9)

Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Anybody around?

    The Thanksgiving open line.
    • Nov 23, 2017
  • Turkeys rescued in Yellville enjoy their Thanksgiving

    Farm Sanctuary, an animal protection organization, sends word that four turkeys rescued from the Yellville Turkey Trot after the annual drops from buildings and an airplane will enjoy Thanksgiving in friendlier places
    • Nov 23, 2017
  • The New Orleans charter school 'miracle'? It's a ruse

    The New Orleans Tribune has a devastating piece of editorial commentary, based on local reporting and test scores, that lays bare the depiction of the charterization of New Orleans public schools 12 years ago as a miracle of the "reform" movement.
    • Nov 23, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016
  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • IHOP coming down, but .....

    I always scan the Little Rock City Board for items of interest this week and this one caught my eye: A zoning measure required by a proposal to tear down the IHOP at Markham and University.
    • Apr 30, 2016

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Anybody around?

    • Great story mountaingirl. I spent a lot of time at that sight in the 80s…

    • on November 23, 2017
  • Re: Anybody around?

    • I'm thankful I have not flown since July 2001. Flying used to be fun, and…

    • on November 23, 2017
  • Re: Anybody around?

    • Shit, Cato, looks like somebody might have to do some time. Won't be hard time…

    • on November 23, 2017

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation