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Williamson v. Brevard County

Thanks to centuries of tradition, it’s constitutional for local gov’ts to open their meetings with a religious invocation. But what if the gov’t excludes prayers from minority religious groups? Let’s see what Brevard County, Fla. officials have to say about who’s allowed to give invocations there: Muslims? “I guess.” Rastafarians? “Don’t have any idea what that is. But I would say no.” Deists (such as Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin)? Nope, it has to be “a God-fearing religion.” Eleventh Circuit: It does not, in fact, have to be that.


Tags: 2019, Eleventh Circuit, Establishment Clause, Religious Liberty

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