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The Supreme Court case involved inviting priests. This case involves having a prayer while inviting no priest. The difference is a meaningful one. Inviting an outsider to pray in the name of a religion could be interpreted as a very strong endorsement of that religion as a favored one. Having an insider — the government official himself leading the prayer is about the equivalent of a gathering saying grace amongst themselves, or the legislature deciding whether to post the words “In God We Trust” in its halls. The judiciary should not be intefereing in the conversations legislators have among themselves during their deliberations, even public deliberations that that include a prayer.

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