May 7, 2014
This may seem like a small victory, but it is hugely symbolic that the state would be forced to tell a Jew she has no right to question the religious beliefs of the majority population.
From the Times of Israel:
The Supreme Court says prayers at the start of town council meetings do not violate the Constitution even if they routinely stress Christianity.
Susan Galloway, a Jewish resident of the Rochester satellite town Greece, and her friend Linda Stephens began legal proceedings some seven years ago after becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the consistently Christian prayers opening every town council meeting. Galloway and Stephens began attending meetings in an effort to save the local public access channel, Galloway told JTA in a 2013 interview.
Galloway told JTA, “They’re asking us to bow our heads, they’re asking us to join them in the Lord’s Prayer, they’re asking us to stand — all of this is in the name of Jesus Christ… This one guy went on about the resurrection. We have preachers who stand there with their hands in the air.”
However, the court said in 5-4 decision Monday that the content of the prayers is not critical as long as officials make a good-faith effort at inclusion.
Among the dissenters were Jewish judges Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan.The ruling was a victory for the town of Greece, New York, outside of Rochester.
During the long legal battle, Galloway and Stephens received threatening letters — some signed “666″ — and Stephens’s house was vandalized. Galloway told JTA she tried to turn to the Rochester Board of Rabbis for support, but she was greeted with a deaf ear.
I’d be willing to bet six million shekels I know who sent that hate mail, Jew.
I’m very happy about this.
May further victories be many and soon!