October 3, 2009
Lodi council votes to keep on praying
I’ve mentioned before that, at least in California, government organizations run the risk of being sued if they mention Jesus’ name when opening a meeting in prayer. A Los Angeles Superior Court ruled in 2000 that the practice was unconstitutional, and higher courts declined to overturn that ruling. But cities continue to do it.
The invocation has been ruled constitutionally permissible. It’s the promotion of any specific religion that poses a problem. Still, the California farming town of Lodi is having to defend its long-held practice of opening City Council meetings with a prayer. This week the council voted to continue the tradition.
More from the Sacramento Bee:
Read the rest here. More on the background, the other cities under fire and the external pressures from the Freedom From Religion Foundation and support from the Alliance Defense Fund at The New York Times and Los Angeles Times.