Religious Liberty

Establishment Clause Still Intact After Town of Greece v. Galloway

07.31.14

On May 5, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a New York town’s practice of opening town meetings with official sectarian prayer. The practice had been challenged by residents of Greece, NY who argued that hearing governmental prayers at public meetings was in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The national ACLU filed a friend of the court brief supporting the residents of Greece. To read the brief and for more information on the Town of Greece v. Galloway decision, visit national ACLU’s web page on the case.

This very limited decision does not cancel the separation of church and state enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. To learn more about this decision’s limitations, read our blog post.

Read noted constitutional scholar Prof. Wilson Huhn’s analysis of this and the Hobby Lobby decision, and answer your most pressing questions about how these court decisions will affect religious liberty.