Court Upholds Ruling: No Sectarian Prayers at Government Agencies

September 10, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On September 10, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported "Government agencies in California can't open their public meetings with sectarian prayers, like those that invoke the name of Jesus Christ, a state appellate court ruled Monday. Such invocations used at the beginning of government meetings violate the constitutional separation of church and state, said the three-panel Court of Appeal in Los Angeles."