But the town council of Greece, NY, chose the one prayer option that made an atheist and a Jew feel unwelcome and alien in their own town government meetings: government meetings are opened with a Christian prayer offered up by a Christian clergyman.There's no mistaking Greece town council's intent. These prayers are meant to send a message to Jews like Galloway and atheists like Stephens that non-Christians are unwelcome at town meetings.
As the US Supreme Court hears arguments and debates the constitutionality of the Galloway V Greece case, journalists, judges, lawyers and historians across the nation will debate the constitutionality of opening town council meetings with Christian prayer as if constitutionality is all that matters here. But you'll know the truth: this case isn't just about the constitutionality of Greece, New York's practice of opening government meetings with Christian prayer. You'll know that this case is really about a town council that has chosen the one prayer policy that would make Galloway and Stephens feel unwelcome at their own town meetings.
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