Nebraska Legislature prayer case decided by U.S. Supreme Court in '83 back in limelight
State Sen. Ernie Chambers said he still thinks religion has no place in the halls of government. “We're here to deal with legislation, not salvation,” Chambers said last week.
Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 12:00 am
WASHINGTON — Thirty years ago, a state senator and a Presbyterian minister faced off in the U.S. Supreme Court over whether the Nebraska Legislature could open its sessions with a prayer. The court said yes, siding with the minister, and for three decades that settled matters. Such prayers are commonplace.
Today, the question of legislative prayer will return to the Supreme Court, in a case from upstate New York. But the actors in the earlier drama — the senator and the minister — have not left the stage.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013 12:00 am.