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California City May Face Legal Action Over Prayer Vote

LOS ANGELES – (AP) When Lancaster's flamboyant mayor R. Rex Parris calls the City Council to order at its next meeting, it's a good bet he'll open the proceedings with a prayer. A controversial measure calling on residents to allow the City Council to continue beginning its meetings...

Family Appeals Delaware School Board Prayer Ruling

WILMINGTON Del. - (AP) A Jewish family is taking their lawsuit over starting Indian River district school board meetings with Christian prayer to the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. Attorneys for the unnamed family hope the federal appellate court will overturn District Judge Joseph Farnan Jr.'s...

Atheists Sue Florida City Over Prayers At Meetings

LAKELAND Fla. - (AP) Atheists in central Florida are suing the city of Lakeland over its practice of opening city commission meetings with prayers. Atheists of Florida filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Tampa. A federal appeals court has ruled that Lakeland's invitations to local...

Judge Dismisses Air Force Academy Prayer Lawsuit

DENVER - (AP) A judge ruled Wednesday an Air Force Academy prayer luncheon can go on as planned, but a chaplain said he would make clear the event is sponsored by his chapel and not the academy one of the objectives of a lawsuit that sought to block it. The lawsuit argued. . . . Full version available...

ACLU Sues Over Rhode Island School Prayer Banner

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - (AP) The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the city of Cranston over a Christian prayer banner displayed in a high school auditorium. The ACLU announced the lawsuit Monday. It seeks monetary damages and demands that the banner be removed from Cranston...

Group Sues To Stop Texas Governor's Prayer Day

AUSTIN, Texas - (AP) A group of atheists and agnostics filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to stop an evangelical Christian prayer event next month that was proposed and is endorsed by Texas' governor. The Freedom from Religion Foundation argues in its lawsuit filed in Houston that Republican...

Judge Tosses Attempt To Stop Texas Prayer Rally

HOUSTON - (AP) A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that sought to stop Gov. Rick Perry from sponsoring a national day of Christian prayer and fasting, ruling Thursday that the group of atheists and agnostics did not have legal standing to sue. U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller said the Freedom From...

After Many Years, US Supreme Court Again Takes On Legislative Prayer

Cullen D. Seltzer, Esquire, litigator and colleague at Sands Anderson PC, recently shared his report about a key legislative prayer case going to be decided by the United States Supreme Court. Given the number of legislative prayers that we local government attorneys witness and are asked to opine upon...

Prayer Controversy Leads to Cancellation of Naturalization Ceremony in N.J.

"A standoff between [Carteret] Mayor Daniel Reiman and federal authorities over his plan to include an opening prayer at a naturalization ceremony scheduled for Saturday in Borough Hall came to a head this week, leading to the event’s cancellation. Reiman said yesterday that although he assured...