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Lancaster [California] Council Prayers Upheld, Judge Rejects Traditional Reading of Marsh

July 16, 2011 – Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty] Via Religion Clause, earlier this week a federal district judge sided with the city of Lancaster, California in a dispute over the town’s practice of opening council meetings with prayer. Every congregation in Lancaster, regardless of religious affiliation, is invited to volunteer to lead an opening invocation. Plaintiffs are challenging the city’s acceptance of sectarian prayer – in this case, distinctly Christian invocations, citing the Supreme Court’s ruling in Marsh that legislative invocations are acceptable in part because the chaplain in that case offered only nonsectarian prayer. Read story»

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