Establishment Clause en Lawsuits Prompt Pause For Some Sectarian Prayers <p>The longstanding practice of opening Charlotte-area government meetings with a Christian prayer has come under increasing attack by residents and outside groups.</p><p>It’s a battle that is also unfolding from California to New York, and the issue is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.</p><p>The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause prohibits the government from favoring one religion over another. When government prayers invoke Jesus, civil liberties groups and other critics say it violates constitutional rights.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 14:08:48 +0000 Joe DePriest & Adam Bell 32764 at