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The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the right to recite prayers at municipal meetings.

The case was brought by two Town of Greece, Monroe County, residents, one Jewish and one atheist, who said Christian prayer opening public meetings violated their First Amendment, freedom of religion rights.

The two alternatives would have been to regulate prayer before public meetings, or to outlaw them altogether.

Local Congressman Chris Collins weighed in on Greece v. Galloway. In a statement this afternoon the 27th district representative applauded the decision calling it a “victory for First Amendment advocates.” He says it will allow people to “pray within their communities as they see fit.”

Here's the congressman's full statement via his office:

“I applaud today’s decision by the Supreme Court, which will allow our nation to continue to be a place where people from around the world can come to escape religious persecution and pray within their communities as they see fit,” said Congressman Collins.

“It has been clear from the beginning that the Town of Greece did not violate the United States Constitution, which is why I signed an Amicus Curiae brief in support of the Town of Greece last August. The Town of Greece welcomed prayer from people of all backgrounds and beliefs. That practice embodied one of the core principles our nation was founded on — the freedom of religious expression without fear of government action. Today's decision is a victory for First Amendment advocates throughout our country,” continued Congressman Collins.

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