Reality Check: 1st Amendment Doesn’t Apply To Greece, NY

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There is a suburb of the city of Rochester known as Greece, New York.

Greece, New York is governed locally by a Town Board.

The Town Board of Greece, New York, is NOT the Congress of the United States.

Let me repeat, the Town Board of Greece, New York and the Congress of these United States are two separate and distinct entities.  They are, as I say, NOT the same thing.

Why am I bothering to point out to you this obvious, self-evident fact?

Because the implications of this one simple fact, if properly comprehended by the legal community, would absolutely dispose of the lawsuit brought against the town of Greece by two women named Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens, who claim that the offering of prayer at Town Board meetings violates the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Moreover, if the implications of this one simple fact were understood by the American people, it would break the tyrannical grip of the centralized, national government that uses the false authority of courts to control our finances, our movement, our health care, our ability to defend ourselves, and almost every aspect of our lives.

Let me explain.

Here is what the relevant portion of the First Amendment actually says:

“Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion…”

Please note carefully that the First Amendment is a limitation on what Congress can do.

In no way does it place a limit on what any other body, such as the Town Board of Greece, New York, may do.

So, since the Town Board of Greece, New York is not Congress, the First Amendment has no legal application to whether it may decide to pray or not to pray before or during its proceedings.

“But Michael,” you ask, “On what authority have federal courts been meddling with public prayer issues over the last sixty years or so?”

Well, it’s a very good question.

Here’s another:  “If the Constitution forbids Congress to make any law about prayer, then how can the Supreme Court make a ruling about a law that doesn’t exist?”


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  1. People seem to always forget about the final 2 clauses of the 14th amendment: nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

  2. Edwardkoziol says:

    Here is what the people of Greece,NY should do put up posters all around town telling the residents to shun these to anti prayer people and their families make it so bad on them that they move out to California or any state on the west coast or maybe Vermont.When their kids come home crying that their being picked on maybe these 2 assholes will pick up andmove.

    • American329 says:

      I like that idea!!!! Only they need to not stop in California, they need to leave the country completely. Just because they do not believe in god does not mean that we should change our Christian ways of doing things. Why is it so hard for them to live around us. They are not being forced to take part, they need to respect our beliefs, like we respect them with there beliefs. Why are they so angry over people taking part in public religion? Are they scared they might start to believe, like Jesus and jump out and grab them? I mean my god we have to deal with there evil ways surely can they deal with people living a good Christian way.

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