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Supreme Court hears case on prayers in government

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The U.S. Supreme Court began hearing a case today that could impact how municipalities across the country start their legislative meetings.

Two activists in Greece, N.Y., say prayer before the town meeting violates the First Amendment clause that prohibits the establishment of religion.

All News 106.7's Trey Thomas said that an informal survey of local counties such as Cobb, Gwinnett, Douglas as well as municipalities including Marietta, Sandy Springs and Douglasville all have invocation before public meetings.

Most allow clergy from all faiths to participate, but American Atheists spokesman Nick Fish says that hasn't happened in Greece, N.Y.

"For more than nine years, the town meetings were opened with exclusively Christian prayers," Fish said. "It is a Christian nation, but it's also a Muslim nation. It's also a Jewish nation. It's also a nation of non-believers."

While saying he supports prayer, the head of Atlanta Classical Christian Academy, Brett Edwards, takes a different stance on the issue.

"I believe in a society that's secular, where many people believe in different gods, it doesn't make sense to force others to pray to the God that I believe in," said Edwards.

The New York case on legislative prayer is being called on of the one of the most significant cases on the separation of church and state in decades.

Supreme Court justices are expected to make a ruling on the case in June of next year.

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