April 6, 2013 – Texas Values applauded the U.S. Supreme Court for its decision yesterday in Town of Greece v. Galloway upholding the constitutionality of legislative prayer and affirming the continued right of Americans to pray freely in the public square.
In response to this ruling, Texas Values president and attorney Jonathan Saenz released the following statement:
“The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld our most foundational freedom – the right to exercise our religion freely. This decision sends a clear message that Americans have the right to exercise their faith in the public square, including when publicly reciting a prayer before a government body. While it is concerning that only five of the nine justices supported this basic constitutional right, the majority ruling is a tremendous victory for Americans of faith and for our more than 200 year-old tradition of legislative prayers. This win for religious liberty will help turn the tide against the growing efforts to eradicate religious expression, particularly of Christians, from the public square.”
Texas Values has been actively involved in protecting the religious liberty rights of Texans to express their faith in the public square, including defending legislative prayers. Texas Values helped successfully defend Hays County against threats from the Americans United for Separation of Church and State that sought to ban legislative prayers.