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ERLC Reacts to Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold Right to Allow Prayer at Government Meeting

May 5, 2014

WASHINGTON D.C, May 5, 2014Russell D. Moore, president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, reacted to the Supreme Courts decision to uphold the right to allow sectarian prayers before public meetings in the Town of Greece v. Galloway case on Monday.

I am very thankful the Court did the right thing… [t]his is a victory for all of those who believe in the freedom of speech, including religious speech, as a prized part of our God-given religious liberty, Moore said. Prayer at the beginning of a meeting is a signal that we arent ultimately just Americans. We are citizens of the State, yes, but the State isnt ultimate. There is some higher allegiance than simply political process.”

The ERLC filed an “amicus brief”:https://erlc.com/article/prayers-at-city-meetings-supported-in-erlc-brief Aug. 2, 2013 that urged the Supreme Court to protect prayers before legislative meetings and thereby prevent judges from becoming theological referees.

The Town of Greece case is about a government seeking to establish a state-ordered civil religion that crowds out the most basic rights of freedom of speech, Moore said in a written statement. That is not what our ancestors, and their allies among the American Founders, meant by religious liberty.

Moores full “reaction”:http://time.com/87969/on-prayer-supreme-court-upholds-freedom/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+time%2Ftopstories+(TIME%3A+Top+Stories) to the Supreme Courts decision can be found on TIME’s religion blog.

The Southern Baptist Convention is Americas largest Protestant denomination with more than 15.8 million members in over 46,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBCs ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn. and Washington, D.C.

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Elizabeth Bristow serves as the Press Secretary. Elizabeth oversees press and media operations for the organization. She received a B.A. in Public Relations and Marketing from Union University in 2010. She and her husband reside in Lebanon, Tennessee and are blessed with two beautiful children. Read More by this Author