In his article “NY town at center of church-state battle,” Lawrence Hurley (Reuters) says that the Obama administration’s support for the Greece, NY town board’s current prayer practice represents some kind of “middle ground” between religious extremists who want the courts to ok hard-core, evangelical, proselytizing christian prayer by government and secular activists who want to see government get out of the prayer business entirely.
In fact, there is no “middle ground” between government practices that comply with the First Amendment and government practices that violate the First Amendment. A practice is either constitutional, or it is unconstitutional. There is no such thing as just-a-little-bit-unconstitutional. The Obama administration should withdraw its support for the town board’s official prayers.