OKLAHOMA CITY – One of the oldest parts of local governance was upheld today by the United States Supreme Court.
The ability to open up a local government meeting with a prayer was the question before the court.
In a 5 – 4 ruling, the Supreme Court held that municipal meetings could begin with a prayer so long as a particular religion is not pushed or denigrated.
The court ruled prayers did not violate the Establishment Clause to the United States Constitution.
A local Oklahoma Representative is happy with the Supreme Court’s decision.
“I’m extremely pleased to hear of this ruling from the Supreme Court. Since the founding days of our country, the cornerstone of our nation has been an active and involved citizenry in our local and municipal governments. And from that, the ability to bless a local meeting with a thoughtful prayer has been of vital importance to Americans across the country,” said Rep. Mike Turner, R-Edmond. “In the majority opinion, the court said that if this was ruled unconstitutional, the alternative could be worse – a world where the possibility of censorship could rear its head in these meetings. That’s completely unacceptable to me. In an age of judicial activism and overreach, it is nice to know the Supreme Court is doing the right thing in defending this long-respected institution of local government.”