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Government at all levels must represent all citizens. When government bodies open meetings with prayers, inevitably some people are excluded. Even so-called “non-sectarian” prayers can have this effect. Americans United believes there should be no official prayers before government meetings. Individual lawmakers are free to pray on their own, but they should not presume to pray on behalf of their diverse constituents.

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January 2016 Church & State

God On The Campaign Trail

Months Shy Of November, Religious Issues Are Already Roiling The 2016 Presidential Election

November 2015 Church & State

'Christians-Only' Prayer?

Arizona Town Drops Controversial Invocation Policy After Americans United Complaint

September 2015 Church & State

Atheists Excluded

Americans United And Allies Sue To Bring Real Inclusion To A Florida County’s Invocation Policy

March 2015 Church & State

Symbols and Civil Religion

Courts Have Tended To Uphold ‘Ceremonial’ Uses Of Religion By The Government, But Critics Say It’s Time To Reassess