“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others…But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6, 5-6 – NSRV
On Wednesday, Nov. 6, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in its first case regarding prayer during legislative sessions since 1983, and while I’m not privy to what will be presented by either side, it’s unlikely the above passage from the Book of Matthew will come up.
The case is Town of Greece v. Galloway. Greece is a town of 96,000 people near Rochester, N.Y. In March 1999, the town supervisor changed the way the monthly town board opened its meetings from a moment of silence for a prayer to be delivered by local clergy or volunteers.
According to an Associated Press story an...