Colorado Springs, Colo. – Focus on the Family President Jim Daly issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Christian prayer in government meetings:
"We are pleased that the Supreme Court has today, in its decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway, upheld the actions of local governments that begin their official duties with a request for God’s favor.
"Such prayers invoking God’s presence and blessing upon solemn public meetings, from the smallest of town council meetings to the daily work of Congress, date back to the founding of America. They have been previously recognized by the Supreme Court as both compatible with the First Amendment as well as part of the fabric of this country.
"With its 5-4 ruling, the high court is declaring there’s no need to scrub all religion from the public square. This is what the Founding Fathers meant by religious freedom.
"The town of Greece, New York, has graciously and inclusively sought out local citizens and clergy from all faiths to volunteer to lead in prayer at its meetings. That's also in keeping with the best traditions of this country."
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