US: Religion must be free…
…to annoy other people at the taxpayer’s expense.
The case is Town of Greece v. Galloway, a lawsuit by two citizens against city council meetings in a small New York town opening with a spoken prayer by an invited clergyperson. The plaintiffs argue that the prayers — especially since some of them were explicitly Christian — represent an establishment of religion by the government, an establishment forbidden by the First Amendment. The case, now headed to the Supreme Court, represents the first high court test of the constitutionality of such prayers in nearly a generation.
Pray if you want.
Pray together if you want.
Pray together in public if you want.
But don’t ask me as a taxpayer to pay you while you do it, OK?