Thirteen Members of the House of Representatives have joined the Family Research Council (FRC) in submitting an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in support of legislative prayer. The Lakeland City Commission in Florida had a policy of inviting clergy to offer invocations at the beginning of its meetings. The Atheists of Florida sued, arguing that because most of the prayers were offered by Christian clergy, the prayers were “too sectarian” and thus violated the Establishment Clause.
The brief submitted by the Members makes the argument that courts do not have the jurisdiction to delve into the inner workings of a deliberative body’s meetings because of the constitutional separation of powers between the branches of government. In 1983 in Marsh v. Chambers, the Supreme Court acknowledged that “The opening of sessions of legislative and other deliberative public bodies with prayer is deeply embedded in the history and tradition of this country.” Members of the Prayer Caucus will continue working to preserve this important legacy for future generations.
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Contact the Congressional Prayer Caucus Amy Vitale, Amy.Vitale@mail.house.gov