Friday, August 3, 2018

Kavanaugh thinks prayer in government is OK, and here's why

From Dallas-

When Barack Obama was elected, he invited two private ministers, the Revs. Rick Warren and Joseph Lowery, to lead prayers at the inaugural ceremony. He also asked Chief Justice John Roberts to add the phrase "so help me God" to the presidential oath of office.

This prompted a lawsuit from a group of atheists, who complained the prayers and oath violated the clause in the First Amendment that bars government from establishing a religion. The case ended up in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2010, before Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The court affirmed dismissal of the case, saying the plaintiffs lacked standing. Judge Kavanaugh agreed with the decision, but not for lack of standing. Instead, he concluded that such religious references in government traditions do not violate the First Amendment. Below is an excerpt of his concurring opinion.

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