How is that constitutional?
Courtesy of HuffPo:
A federal appeals court ruling on legislative prayer has alarmed secular activists who say the decision privileges people who believe in God and treats nontheists like “second-class citizens.”
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that it’s constitutional for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to ban guest chaplains who don’t believe in God or a higher power from delivering opening invocations at its meetings.
A group of atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and humanists sued members of the Pennsylvania House in 2016 over its theists-only policy for guest chaplains, arguing that it violates the Constitution’s establishment clause, which prohibits the government from promoting specific religious beliefs.
Judge Thomas L. Ambro, who wrote Friday’s 2-1 majority opinion, claimed that because prayer presupposes a higher power, “only theistic invocations can achieve all the purposes of legislative prayer.”
“As a matter of traditional practice, a petition to human wisdom and the power of science does not capture the full sense of ‘prayer,’ historically understood,” Ambro wrote. “Because [nontheists] do not proclaim the existence of a higher power, they cannot offer religious prayer in the historical sense.”
So now you get to test a person’s faith before allowing them to open a meeting in Pennsylvania?
Talk about your slippery slopes.
Do they get to throw them in the lake to see if they are witches as well?
I assume they realize that this will not block the folks from the Satanic Temple from offering the invocation.
Remember that is what happened in Kenai, Alaska. (Link)
You know perhaps it would just be safer if these superstitious morons simply skipped the opening prayer and moved on to doing the people’s business.
Just a thought.