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May 6, 2014

The Supreme Court decision on Greece, NY

by Neil Rickert

On Monday May 05, the US Supreme Court ruled that it is okay for the town of Greece, NY to open their meetings with prayer.  I’ve seen a number of blog posts that express unhappiness with this decision.

The court decision was what I had expected.  And I do not find it at all troubling.

Remembering back to my teenage years, when I was an evangelical Christian, I would not have wanted this decision.  As I would have seen it at that time, this kind of public prayer only debases prayer.  It teaches people that prayer is the reciting of meaningless mumbo-jumbo.

(The spell checker did not like “mumbo-jumbo”.  It turns out that it is a mainly British (and Australian) phrase that means roughly the same as “gibberish”.  So I have linked the wikipedia page.)

As a consequence, I do not see the court as having given anything of value to religion.