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May 7, 2014 7:30 AM by Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahKRIS

Public Prayer Being Questioned By Locals

CORPUS CHRISTI - No matter where you stand on the debate, there's no denying that prayer is a centuries-old tradition in our government, going back to the founding fathers.

This week's Supreme Court decision on prayer will allow that tradition to continue, and it's a ruling that's disappointed some locals.

"The idea of invocations is something that was used in epic poetry and i think that's where it belongs," said Corpus Christi Atheists member Jeff Grime. "I don't think it belongs in front of the legislature. Do it in church."

However, local pastor of The Net Fellowship said that the government should in no way censor religious speech.

"It was just the right decision...Unless we want to throw out the constitution," said Pastor Glenn Holland.

However, Grime said it's just a matter of time before that all changes.

"What we're looking at," he said. "Is a generation coming up that is going to be more non-religious.

The Supreme Court voting was nearly divided on the issue, with the ruling passing just five to four.

"That only five justices would be able to get this," said Holland. "That's the thing that's still concerning in all this. That freedom hangs by such a thin thread in the United States today."

The Supreme Court said prayer is different for public meetings, because unlike in public schools, people are free to leave at any time.


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