Openly Secular Statement Following U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Regarding Prayer in Council Meetings

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Robyn Blumner, project director for Openly Secular, releases the following statement in light of today's United States Supreme Court ruling in the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway:

"Today we are disappointed by the ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, upholding the practice of Christian prayer before official meetings by city councils and other governing bodies. This divisive issue split the court 5 to 4, demonstrating that there is nothing unifying about sectarian prayer at government functions. The court's conservative majority is moving the country away from the founders' vision of a nation committed to the separation between church and state. The practical consequence will be more official prayer, overwhelmingly Christian — clearly communicating to all Americans whose faith holds the power and whose beliefs don't count."