The Case Greece v. Galloway
Alliance Defending Freedom defended the practice of the small town of Greece, New York permitting volunteer citizens to deliver an invocation to open town meetings after the American’s United for Separation of Church and State (AU) filed suit on behalf of two clients who took offense at the way people prayed. Alliance Defending Freedom along with lead counsel Thomas G. Hungar of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP argued to the Court that everyone who prays should have the freedom to pray as dictated by their faith and conscience.
- Preserves the public prayer tradition that began with our founding.
- Protects the freedom of community volunteers to pray according to their faith in a public setting, without censorship
- Defends the prayer giver’s freedom of speech over an “offended" person’s demands for censorship
The Topic PUBLIC PRAYER
For many, praying is an instinctive, soul-deep reaction to times of great joy, deep distress, and crushing grief, and permeates all aspects of life.
America’s Founding Fathers wove religious protections into our laws and government and took time to pray together publicly as they set about writing our Constitution. Even today, our own government leaders pray before launching a day’s legislative work, inaugurating a governor or president, or speaking to families reeling from natural disasters and brutal terrorist attacks.
This decision from the Supreme Court affirms that Americans are free to pray.
But many elected officials still fear to protect this institution due to intimidation and misinformation.
Show Your Support
for Public Prayer
Let your elected officials know that you believe in prayer! Make your voice heard by signing this prayer petition. Alliance Defending Freedom will send a letter to your elected officials informing them of the constitutionality of public prayer, and may include the collected names.