Alaska Superior Court Rules Prayer Policy Unconstitutional

Our Alaskan users might find this interesting. The Alaska Superior Court has found that a Kenai Peninsula Borough’s policy on holding religious invocations at their assembly meetings violated the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

From KTUU 2:

“The policy said invocations could only be delivered by chaplains serving the military, law enforcement and other agencies or members of locally established religious organizations.

An atheist, a member of The Satanic Temple and a member of Homer’s small Jewish community applied to give invocations after the policy was established. They were denied because they didn’t belong to official organizations with an established presence on the peninsula.”

The Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment prohibits the government from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion.” This clause not only forbids the government from establishing an official religion, but also prohibits government actions that unduly favor one religion over another. It also prohibits the government from unduly preferring religion over non-religion, or non-religion over religion.” (Cornell Law School)

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