Supreme Court Debating Public Prayer

A legal case headed to the nation's highest court could affect the way people pray in Lubbock, particularly city council members. KLBK's Alison Morris has the story.
City councilman Todd Klein said that this law would potentially violate not only Lubbock city council member’s constitutional rights, but those of government workers everywhere.

"I think nationally you've got a war on religion and I think that's what's going on with this Supreme Court case."

Councilman Klein said that prayer is an essential part of city council meetings.

"I think it also establishes who we're working for, what we're doing, and it helps establish the tone for the rest of the meeting."

The Supreme Court case was brought by two women in New York, one atheist and one Jewish,
complaining about Christian prayer.

Here in Lubbock, Klein said they've never had a complaint.

"I think we've been inclusive,” said Klein. “I know inviting other ministers, regardless of the faith, denomination- I don't think that would bear itself out. I don't think the facts would demonstrate that."

Klein said that regardless of the decision, he hopes they can find a way to keep prayer.

"If we can put a man on the moon, we can work through this,” said Klein. “I think prayer should continue to be a part of what we do."

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the case next summer.

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