• But with a “secular invocation”, what would be invoked?

    *attempting small joke, not culture warring*

  • I’ll take a crack at one.

    “O Flying Spaghetti Monster, may we all be touched by Your noodly appendage…”

  • Can someone provide the background to this case? Perhaps it was:
    (1) a reaction to recent developments. Over the last year or two there has been a sudden outbreak of councils opening with prayers. This had never happened before. The Founding Fathers knew nothing about it, and would have been outraged to think such a thing could occur. Now some public spirited people have attempted to nip the evil in the bud.
    Or perhaps it was:
    (2) Councils and other branches of government have been opening with prayer – and Christian prayers at that – for as long as memory runs. The Founding Fathers accepted it as part of the culture. It never occurred to them that, 200 years later, someone would argue that their words forbade it.
    I am prepared to bet on number 2.

  • May the Sauce be with you, Stewart!

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