All Points: The Supreme Court on official public prayer

05/11/2014 12:00 AM

05/09/2014 7:29 PM

In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court said official public prayer to start a high school football game “has the improper effect of coercing those present to participate in an act of religious worship.”

In 2014, the high court has said that official public prayer to start a meeting of a local government body has a “permissible ceremonial purpose” and is not an unconstitutional establishment of religion.

How can both be right? Which is wrong?

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