9/11: No prayers for you
If a minister can deliver an invocation at a presidential inauguration, it's hard to see a constitutional argument against a non-denominational, clergy-led prayer at a city’s memorial event.
One of the arguments for clergy-led prayer is that it's innocuous -- a form of what legal scholars call "ceremonial deism."
But here's the catch: If various religions earnestly believe in propositions that are unique to them -- say, the saving power of Jesus' death for Christians -- a non-denominational prayer is a kind of betrayal.
Perhaps the argument against that sort of observance isn't legal but religious.
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