High Court Ruling Already Bad News for Non-Christians
Roanoke supervisor proposes ban on non-Christian prayer
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 7, 2014 11:20 AM CDT
Linda Stephens, one of the plaintiffs in Greece v. Galloway, talks about the Supreme Court ruling in her home in Greece, NY, Monday, May 5, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Shawn Dowd)

(Newser) – What will the Supreme Court's Greece vs. Galloway decision mean for religious liberty? Well, let's put it this way: Less than 24 hours later, a board of supervisors member in Roanoke, Va., used the ruling to revise his push to ditch the town's nonsectarian prayer policy, adding that he would personally exclude any non-Christian prayers. "The freedom of religion doesn’t mean that every religion has to be heard," he told the Roanoke Times. "If we allow everything … where do you draw the line?"

You might well dismiss Bedrosian as a fringe crank. But Justice Anthony Kennedy's opinion "opened the door to precisely this line of argument," writes Dahlia Lithwick at Slate. The opinion breezily speaks of "tradition," asserting that, whatever god the prayers cite, they express "values that count as universal." Which means that he essentially just said, as a matter of constitutional law, that Christian values are universal, and that only traditional religions count. The court "practically invited local legislators" to "pick, apparently by popular acclaim, which are the American religions and which are the un-American ones." Click for her full column.

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Jun 13, 2014 1:09 PM CDT
May 9, 2014 6:37 PM CDT
Here we go again...another reporter who feels the need to provide a commentary on the facts because God knows (oops, I guess I shouldn't have mentioned God) the average reader must be too God-awful stupid (sorry, did it again) to make up their own God-given(again I apologize, I can't help it) minds. In all seriousness, most of us are actually pretty accepting and tolerant of those who have different beliefs. Kind of like the mosque some want to build at Ground-Zero. Do they have the right to build a mosque there? YES Is it a real smart decision to build it there considering the events and history involved? Probably NOT. Ever notice that those who preach tolerance to the rest of us are usually the people LEAST TOLERANT of ideas and beliefs that don't coincide with their own?
May 8, 2014 9:31 AM CDT
So, I would be ok with an opening "prayer" if it was inclusive..."We pray to god, goddess, gods, goddesses, mother nature, father time, Haile Selassie, the laws of science and/or any airborne. high carb, entity....." Christians that complain they are under siege just won't share their privilege with others. Many religions have survived with out government endorsement....the Jewish people manage....the Buddhist people manage...etc. I think the Christian will survive....maybe they are afraid they won't....