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White House sides with GOP in church-state dispute

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration and congressional Republicans have found something to agree on: Town councils should be allowed to open their meetings with a Christian prayer.

Lawyers for the administration and two groups of lawmakers from the House and Senate, nearly all Republicans, separately made that argument in briefs to the Supreme Court this week. The high court should relax the constitutional limits on religious invocations at government meetings, they argued.

The case could lead to a major change in the law on religion that would go well beyond prayers at council meetings.

Last year, a federal appeals court ruled that the town of Greece, N.Y., near Rochester, had crossed the line and violated the First Amendment’s ban on an “establishment of religion.” For years, the town supervisor had invited a local minister to deliver an opening prayer at the council’s monthly meeting. Members of the audience were encouraged to join in the prayers. Full story.

Do you see anything wrong with city councils opening their meetings with prayer?

A Note From Greece

Our bank accounts are
down to zeros;
please send us money
to buy gyros.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Benson: Greek Debt

Lisa Benson/Washington Writers Group

Road Kill, Mink Style

A mink runs past dead animals on a road in Hiliodendro, near the northern Greek city of Kastoria earlier today. More than 50,000 minks were set loose in the area on Friday and Saturday, after raids by suspected animal rights activists on two fur farms. Greece’s The National Fur Breeders’ Association said most of the released animals are likely to die, adding that the cost to the farm owners could pass Euros 1 million ($1.27 million) despite an effort to recover the animals. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)

Signe: Look Who’s Giving Advice

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Ramirez: Contained Damage

Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Signe: Free Market Reality

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

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