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US Supreme Court upholds Bossier City attorney's prayer policy

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BOSSIER CITY, La. -
Bossier City attorney Mike Johnson calls this week's US Supreme Court decision upholding prayer before public meetings a "gratifying win" made sweeter by the fact that his work is at the center of the controversy.

"The decision yesterday was a huge win for religion liberty," Johnson said. "I think it sends a strong signal that those who claim to be offended by religious sentiments are no longer going to be able to go out and just find all these proverbial federal cases and just stamp out these traditions just because they happen to be offended."

Johnson wrote a prayer policy while working at the Alliance Defending Freedom, then called the Alliance Defense Fund. Town council members in Greece, New York adopted the policy and were eventually sued over its use.

Opponents argue the prayers at government meetings violate the separation of church and state.

The case was filed in 2008, argued in November and decided Monday.

In the 5-4 decision, the justices said the inclusion of prayer is constitutional so long as city officials make a good faith effort to include all religions.
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