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Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky
Town of Greece v. Galloway
Citation:572 U.S. 565 (2014)
Greece, a town located in upstate New York, began its monthly town board meetings with a moment of silence. The town supervisor decided to invite a local clergyman to deliver an invocation. The town followed an informal method of selecting prayer givers, all of whom were unpaid volunteers. The town would select each prayer giver from congregations listed in a local directory and it never denied an opportunity to a would-be prayer giver. Nearly all of the congregations in the town were Christian. Respondents, who attended town board meetings to speak about issues of local concerns, complained that Christian themes pervaded the prayers at the exclusion of citizens who did not share those beliefs.
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