Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Two Less Expected Reactions To Yesterday's Supreme Court Decision On Legislative Prayer

While many of the reactions to yesterday's Supreme Court decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway were predictable, here are two that might be classified as surprises:
  • Yair Rosenberg, writing at Tablet Magazine, finds a historical error in Justice Kagan's dissent.  She refers to Newport, Rhode Island as "the home of the first community of American Jews." However that honor goes to New Amsterdam. Newport is home to the oldest standing synagogue in the U.S.
  • The American Humanist Association announced that in reaction to the Supreme Court's decision it is launching a program to provide resources for atheists and humanists to deliver secular invocations at legislative meetings. A new website allows governmental entities to identify humanists within their borders who can be invited to deliver invocations.