Ideally, the court would … recognize that, in an America in which an increasing number of citizens identify with no religion, even nonsectarian, lowest-common-denominator prayers can exclude and marginalize nonbelievers. Obviously a Jew who goes to a town meeting to petition for a permit will be made uncomfortable when he is urged to join in a prayer to “our Lord Jesus.” But an atheist in the same position will be equally offended by a request that he join in a prayer to a generic God.
Of course, it is not the government’s job to avert offense, as pretty much anything it does will offend some of the people it represents. No, the role of our government is to maximize the quality of life for as many Americans as possible. Part of this is making sure that it represents all citizens equally while not, say, giving preference to Christians over anybody else.
Were Christians the minority, they would worry about a majority taking over that may not represent them equally with everybody else. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be enough empathy in some to see the situation from any vantage point but that of the majority, greedy for the government to serve them.