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CASE ENTRY

Barker v. Conroy

The House of Representatives begins each day with a prayer, approximately 40% of which are delivered by guest speakers from a variety of faiths. Former pastor-turned-atheist asks to deliver a secular “prayer” to the House, but the House Chaplain turns him down. An Establishment Clause violation? D.C. Circuit: If the House is allowed to start the day with a prayer, it’s allowed to insist that the prayer be religious in nature (even if it seems to have adopted that policy solely in response to this litigation).


Tags: 2019, D.C. Circuit, Establishment Clause, Religious Liberty

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