From The Christian Science Monitor:
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that challenges whether the city council of Greece, N.Y., can open its meetings with a public prayer. The arguments will likely focus on an appeals court ruling that found the prayers – given by a range of believers from Jew to Wiccan but dominantly Christian – smack too much of religion.Godalmighty, I'm so tired of writing about this. Here's what Jesus had to say about public prayer. (And Jesus is the primary god/ghost/spirit/SkyMan being prayed to in this conflict.) If you accept his teachings as infallible, it carries the same weight as his teaching on giving, self-sacrifice, and money, all of which, now that I think about it, is also cheerfully ignored.
The lower court said those giving the prayers were prone to “convey their views of religious truth.”
The high court may not take kindly to judges passing judgment on the types of prayers, at least the spoken kind that are delivered in a government setting. For a court to impose a definition of prayer – by reviewing prayers and then banning them – could be seen as coercive. It would imply a government hand in how individuals should, or should not, pray.
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words."That's it. The final word. When you pray, go to your room and close the freakin' door. Don't get behind a microphone and ask God's blessings upon the unholy works of the Greece, N.Y. city council.