Court to Hear Case Testing Prayer at Government Meetings

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday agreed to hear a First Amendment case involving town board meetings in Greece, N.Y., that include prayer. It will be the first time in three decades that the court has taken a case involving the constitutionality of prayer at the opening of a government meeting, SCOTUSblog reports. It was one of five cases accepted for the October term. The others deal with the right of airline passengers to sue over frequent flyer issues, whistleblower protections for contract employees, constitutionality of home searches when only one resident gives consent, and the burden of proof in patent cases when infringement claims also are made.