Handy Summation of Legal Limits on Prayer at Legislative Sessions

Greece v. Galloway gave much too much latitude for sectarian prayer at legislative meetings. (I’m against all ceremonial prayers at all government sponsored events for the reasons I spelled out in this post and I am especially offended at the concept of allowing sectarian prayers as the Court just did. As I read the entire decision and then discussed it with my Philosophy for Atheists students, I came up with about 8 blog posts I wanted to write about all that is wrong with it. 

But while the limits weren’t stringent enough, there at least were limits to legislative prayer indicated. And now Americans United for Separation of Church and State have put together a really fantastic flyer that pulls them all out, puts them in one place, and makes for a fantastic resource for us to share with our local legislative bodies and hold them accountable to. There are more resources at a specific Americans United page for proactively responding to Greece v Galloway.

Study the flyer below (you can click on it to see it larger), even get a PDF version from the website, and keep it handy.

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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