Study Finds Most Americans Are in Favor of Public Prayer—Sort Of

The U.S. Supreme Court is about to weigh in on the Greece v. Galloway case, which will have huge ramifications for prayer at public meetings. The case involves an incident in Greece, New York, where elected officials regularly begin public meetings with prayer. Several members of the town said such prayers violate the Constitution, betraying a Christian bias. How the Court rules remains to be seen, but Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind has asked the people for their vote, and found that most Americans are OK with public prayer—as long as it’s not religion-specific. According to the study, 73 percent of those polled said “prayer at public meetings is fine as long as the public officials are not favoring some beliefs over others.” In contrast, 23 percent said that “public meetings shouldn’t have any prayers at all because prayers by definition suggest one belief or another” …

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