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By Michael P. Orsi
Edward Snowden should declare his patriotism in court
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Rob Schenck
In one of the biggest religious freedom cases in years, Supreme Court justices and attorneys engaged in what one observer called a "very vigorous exchange" over whether a small New York town's practice of having a prayer before government meetings passed constitutional muster.
A minister is calling on D.C. police to investigate as a hate crime the toppling of a Ten Commandments statue outside the headquarters of an evangelical Christian group, but the group's leaders said Tuesday they would be content if the person or people responsible just turned themselves in.
A stone monument of the Ten Commandments that sits across the street from the U.S. Supreme Court was toppled by vandals over the weekend.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she is "very optimistic" the Supreme Court will strike down a 1996 law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman for all federal purposes, leading a chorus of Democratic lawmakers asking the judges to do so.
"We heard more than a few justices who were more than skeptical about the government dictating how or when clergy or any citizen is allowed to pray," said Rob Schenck, president of Faith and Action and a supporter of the town's right to have the prayer, talking to reporters outside the court after the hourlong arguments concluded.
"This is a very heavily policed neighborhood and high-security zone," Mr. Schenck said, adding that while he was frustrated no one saw the vandals, "it was raining, it was dark."