No One Is Shocked: Greece v. Galloway Decided 5-4 For Jesus

GreeceBack in October, we published a post entitled Town of Greece v. Galloway Won’t Accomplish Anything Worthwhile.  That assumption was based on SCOTUS focusing narrowly on the case at hand, rather than on state-sponsored prayer altogether.  We argued that SCOTUS may decide that the specific town’s opening prayers need to be spread out among religions more equally, rather than allowing them to be overwhelmingly Christian.  We were right about one thing — that SCOTUS would focus only on the case at hand, rather than the larger issue of prayer at government meetings.

Unfortunately, the decision came in at 5-4 in favor of the Town of Greece.  The court decided that, “The town of Greece does not violate the First Amendment by opening its meetings with prayer that comports with our tradition and does not coerce participation by nonadherents.”

So nothing changes.  Government meetings can and will continue to open with Christian prayers, regardless of the supposed separation of church and state that we have in the US.

I can only imagine the field day FoxNews is going to have with this one… “Christian nation” and all that bullshit that isn’t even true.  The court upheld the original decision based on their interpretation of the First Amendment, not because we have (fabricated) Christian roots and Jesus is the coolest, but I’m sure FoxSnooze is going to twist it that way, into some victory in the faux “War on Religion” and a feather in the cap of religious liberty.

This Supreme Court decision has evoked such a bitterness in me, only usurped by a sadness for the future of our nation.  I fear that I’ll never see the day where the US has a truly secular government.

Decisions like this are what happens when judges, whose job is to interpret the laws, become partisan politicians, furthering their own agendas rather than examining what’s legally correct.  I understand that my interpretation of the First Amendment may be different from others’, but in that case, maybe it’s time to make some changes.

Maybe it’s time to clarify the Constitutional Amendments that always end up back in court to be reinterpreted.  It’s been over 200 years.  Rewording our laws to make them more applicable to the times we live in may be something we should examine (especially including the Second Amendment).  On top of that, establishing stricter term limits for government officials, and especially Supreme Court Justices (no one should be guaranteed a job for life) is in order.  It’s time to evolve.


Kevin Davis

Kevin Davis is the head writer and editor for SecularVoices, co-founder of Young Skeptics, and author of Understanding an Atheist. He is known for local and national secular activism and has spoken at conferences and events such as Reason Rally 2016 and the Ark Encounter Protest and Rally.

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4 thoughts on “No One Is Shocked: Greece v. Galloway Decided 5-4 For Jesus

  1. What’s irritating is that all over the country you are going to have half-wits saying that because prayer is allowed, therefore it is compulsory.

    Let us be clear: Roberts Rules of Order for city council and other such meetings is not that Roberts.


  2. I share some of your deep disappointment. This was an awful, and ignorant, decision that opens the doors for more pious powergrabs from preachers and their politician friends. As I’ve said elsewhere, we need a collaborative effort of both theists and non-theist progressives to stop this blatant hammering at the wall of separation. Our voices are the only hope. As well as our actions patching the “wall” each time it is damaged.

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