said the town accepts requests from people of any religion to deliver the prayer and that the vast majority of residents view it as routine as the Pledge of Allegiance. Ayesha Khan, the legal director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which brought the suit on Galloway and Stephens' behalf, said the women have received both support and criticism from neighbors. She said Stephens' car was vandalized and someone dug up her mailbox and threw it into her pool. District Court after the judge found that the town did not intentionally exclude non Christians and that the content of the prayer was not intended to proselytize or demean o.
we're going to be in big trouble. "The case, Greece v. Galloway, began in 2008 when town residents Susan Galloway, who is Jewish, and Linda Stephens, an atheist, complained that the Christian prayers at town board meetings made them uncomfortable.
Every meeting from 1999 through 2007 had been opened with a Christian oriented invocation. "Originally, we really hoped that if we went in and talked to them, they would say, 'Oh, we didn't think about that,'" Galloway told The Associated Press on Friday. "In government you should be encouraging participation and encourage the feeling of being included and being an important member of your community," she said in a brief phone interview. After the complaints, the town, in 2008, had a Wiccan priestess, Adidas Ultra Boost Pure White the chairman of the local Baha'i congregation and a lay Jewish man deliver four of the prayers. But from January 2009 through June 2010, the prayer givers were again invited Christian clergy, according to court documents.
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