It's about time we put a stop to the over-interpretation of the 1st Amendment.
I'm disappointed they didn't ban prayer altogether in public meetings. I don't really care one way or the other about the legal issues, I just can't stand to hear a bunch of hypocrites go through the charade. Maybe I'm too cynical, but I see the pre-meeting prayers as nothing more than "LOOK AT US PRAYING!! See, we really are religious, and you know that from this public display of piety!"
And then the meeting starts and you can guess everyone's vote by who their donors are, where the power structure breaks down, who owes whom a favor, whose son or brother owns a tract of land that will double in value overnight when it's rezoned, etc. Might as well have a prayer before a poker game, or in the lobby of the whore house.
I really don't understand why some religious folks have this "Look at me, I'm praying" need before meetings that they feel needs to be forced on everyone to see.
Prayer is not banned before council meatings...anyone wishing to pray to whomever or whatever, and for whatever is not banned from doing so.
Same for football games, High school comencement, class, voting, or any other public meeting. The contention is that prayer must be stated as a group before these meetings as a part of the meeting.
Whether there are prayers or not at town council meetings should be none of the Supreme Court's business, IMO.
Having typed that, I wish the federal government would exclude religion completely from everything it does....I want the federal separation of church and state to be complete as possible.
'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
"Better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool."
As long as prayers aren't used to proselytize or to denigrate non-believers I don't have a problem with it. It will be interesting to see if all religions are able to pray rather than preach.
"When Faith preaches Hate, Blessed are the Doubters." - Amin Maalouf
As for sports, God doesn't listen to "help our team win this game" prayers. He has more important prayers to listen to, from the sick, the hungry, and those who have lost hope.
The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016