Monday, June 04, 2018

City Violated Establishment Clause By Sponsoring Prayer Vigil

In Rojas v. City of Ocala, (MD FL, May 24, 2018), a Florida federal district court held that the City of Ocala, Florida and its police chief violated the Establishment Clause when they organized and promoted a prayer vigil in response to a shooting spree plaguing the city.  The vigil resulted from attempts to involve the faith community in encouraging witnesses to cooperate in investigation of the shootings. the court, however, held that the mayor was not liable merely for failing to intervene to prevent the vigil. Ocala Star Banner reports on the decision.