Categories: Judicial

Should Americans Be Free to Pray Like Our Nation’s Founders?

Alliance Defending Freedom | August 22, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted a request by Alliance Defending Freedom and our allies to review a crucial case that could strengthen your religious freedom... or discard a tradition that predates America’s founding. 

A Cherished American Tradition 

Like many other towns in America, the people of Greece, New York, begin public meetings with a voluntary prayer by a private citizen of any faith. Asking God’s blessing on public meetings is a cherished American tradition that began more than 225 years ago: 

  • The Founders prayed publicly while drafting our Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
  • Prayer is observed at the beginning of each session of Congress.
  • 30 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public prayer is part of the “history and tradition of this country.” 

But once again, prayer is under attack by activist groups — simply because a few people are offended by the prayers of citizens like you. 

Public Prayer Under Attack 

Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU), and other activist groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), will stop at nothing to eliminate invocations at city council meetings, graduation ceremonies, and public gatherings. 

But by God’s grace — and thanks to the generous support of Allied Ministry Friends like you — Alliance Defending Freedom is standing up to these attacks on your religious liberty. 

Stand in the Gap With Us 

This attack on people of faith in Greece, New York, reminds us how precious religious liberty was to America’s Founders... and how critical this case, Town of Greece v. Galloway, is for the future of public prayer in towns across our nation. Alliance Defending Freedom and our allies are committed to defending the right of private citizens to offer public prayers according to their own conscience.