Lawsuit on Pa. invocations advances

Written by Peter Smith on .

Three secular organizations received a green light for their lawsuit trying to get a chance to give non-religious, "uplifting and inspirational" remarks at the start of sessions of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

The Associated Press reports that a federal judge dismissed most of their claims but allowed them to proceed with their challenge to the House's practice of allowing only religious clergy to give opening prayers.

The plaintiffs say the House is violating a constitutional ban on the government establishment of religion by favoring theism over non-theism. They now get a chance to try to prove their case on the merits.



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