Let us pray?
Why the confusion? The opening of sessions of legislative and other deliberative public bodies with prayer is deeply embedded in the history and tradition of this country, notes the ACLJ website. “From colonial times through the founding of the Republic and ever since, the practice of legislative prayer has coexisted with the principles of disestablishment and religious freedom. In the very courtrooms in which the United States District Judge and later three Circuit Judges heard and decided this case, the proceedings opened with an announcement that concluded, ‘God save the United States and this Honorable Court.’ The same invocation occurs at all sessions of this Court.”