High court ruling favors prayer at council meeting

The court, in a 5-to-4 ruling today, said those prayers don

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest Supreme Court ruling on church-state separation is a victory for a town council in New York state that regularly opens its meetings with prayers.

The court, in a 5-to-4 ruling today, said those prayers don't violate the Constitution, even if they routinely emphasize Christianity.

The justices said the content of the prayers is not critical as long as officials make a good-faith effort at inclusion.

The Obama administration had sided with the town of Greece. But in a dissent, the court's four liberal justices wrote that the prayers violate the "norm of religious equality."


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