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Nov. 6: U. S. Supreme Ct. to hear first legislative prayer case in 30 years

From: Norma Jeane Y.
Sent on: Saturday, October 26, 2013 9:28 PM

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From: Americans United for Separation of Church and State <[address removed]>
To: Norma <[address removed]>
Sent: Saturday, October 26,[masked]:49 AM
Subject: You may be surprised by these numbers
Can you imagine how much work has gone into AU's preparation to argue Greece v. Galloway before the US Supreme Court next month?
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On November 6, Americans United will
argue a case before the US Supreme Court.

Town of Greece v. Galloway is about the right of citizens to participate in local government without being required to participate in sectarian prayers. It raises fundamental constitutional questions about the limits of government-sponsored prayers - the first legislative prayer case before the Supreme Court in 30 years!The road to the Supreme Court has been long. It began as much of our legal work does, with a violation report more than 6 years ago from an ordinary American named Susan Galloway, who lives in the upstate New York town of Greece. Susan contacted Americans United because “government should be inclusive. There are people who don’t believe, and they’re part of this country, too. We all have a right to be part of it and not feel excluded.” AU launched a lawsuit on behalf of Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens when the Greece Town Board refused to hear their complaints or change its ways. A US District Court ruled on behalf of the town, so AU appealed. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals then ruled in our favor, but the Religious Right legal group Alliance Defending Freedom took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the town. Americans United's Legal Department has devoted thousands of hours to this lawsuit.  Check out these other figures related to Greece v. Galloway:
  • Number of prayers delivered at Greece town meetings during the period covered by the lawsuit (1999 - 2010): 127
  • Number of those prayers delivered by non-Christians: 4
  • Hours of town meeting video footage reviewed by the AU legal team: 130
  • Hours AU spent compiling video segments of prayers for the case: 1,000
  • Hours it took to depose witnesses for the case: 22
  • Number of pages of briefs and supporting documents filed in Greece: over 1,300

In the meantime...

While the Greece case has been progressing through the court system, Americans United's Legal team has been hard at work on a number of other matters as well; consider the following:
  • Number of warning letters AU has sent to other violators since the original Greece case was filed: 500
  • Number of other lawsuits AU has filed since initiating theGreece case: 15
  • Number of friend-of-the-court briefs written by Americans United for other cases while litigating Greece: 58
 You can step up and be counted by supporting these extraordinary efforts. Please make a generous donation to Americans United today! 
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