- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Atheists interrupted a planned prayer vigil on the steps of the Supreme Court during the Town of Greece v. Galloway case last week, as they argued prayer has no place in public service.

The Christian Defense Coalition and Faith and Action sponsored the event in defense of religious freedom, but they were quickly shouted down by secularists protesting prayer on government-owned property, CNS News’ Katie Yoder first reported.

Protesters held signs that read, “Hi Mom, I’m an atheist” and “Keep your theocracy off my democracy,” and they shouted things like “God does not exist!” at the CDC’s Rev. Patrick Mahoney as he kneeled in prayer for the Supreme Court justices.

“The court opens with prayer,” he said. “The building across the street, the United States Capitol, opens in prayer. Our position is simple. Everyone should be allowed to express their faith values and views free from government interference or harassment.”

“We’re not isolationist, we’re not bigoted, we’re not narrow. We’re open” Mr. Mahoney told an interrupter.

A Facebook invite for the prayer vigil said that the case, which challenges a municipality’s practice of beginning each town board meeting with an invocation, “will have a major impact on Christian expressions of faith in the public square for the next generation.”

In the Town of Greece v. Galloway, two female residents of Greece, N.Y., argue that the specifics of their town’s policy of starting board meetings with a prayer violate the separation of church and state.

The town argues that the practice fits squarely in the tradition of legislative prayer, which the Supreme Court deemed constitutional in its 1983 decision in Marsh v. Chambers, Slate.com reported.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide