Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Panel To Discuss Greece Prayer Case

Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court arguments over prayers offered before Greece Town Board meetings will be the topic of a panel discussion at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at Nixon Peabody LLP, 1300 Clinton Square.

The discussion is presented by the Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Rochester Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society and the Monroe County Bar Association.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in Town of Greece v. Galloway on Nov. 6.
The case is an appeal of a lower court ruling that said Greece ran afoul of the Constitution's ban on establishment of religion by allowing predominantly Christian prayers to be offered before the meetings. Two town residents sued over the practice in 2008, calling it offensive and exclusionary.

The Oct. 29 panel discussion will feature attorneys Brett Harvey and Heather Weaver. Harvey is senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, the Christian rights group that is representing the town pro bono. Weaver is senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the town residents who sued.

There is no fee to attend the discussion. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is available in the garage under Clinton Square. (SOURCE)


Anonymous said...

Dick Beebe said on Lonesbery today he supports prayer before the meetings. He also said he was not planning on sweeping changes at town hall. Wasn't he one of the folks with the brooms four years ago? When the Dems claimed sweeping changes were needed. So after those two statements will he bring change?

Anonymous said...

Speaking of prayer, did you hear Dick Beebe changed his position on prayer on the Bob Loonsberry show today?

He first told Loony that he only supported a moment of silent prayer before meetings.

Then Booby badgered him a bit and Beebe finished with saying that he'd leave it just the way it is.

So whether it's Reilich or Beebe, we'll still have prayer at Town Board meetings.

SCATS said...

To 8:34PM ~~ No, I don't think Beebe ran 4 years ago. Your recall of those asking for a "Clean Sweep" is off.

Anonymous said...

No way Beebe flip flopped. It would go against what the local democrats have said for years, no government prayer.

He wouldn't risk making his liberal base upset with him.