Title

Just Like a Prayer?

Document Type

News Article

Publication Date

11-1-2013

Abstract

Rick Garnett was quoted in The American Prospect article Just Like a Prayer? on November 1, 2013

Quotations below:

But Rick Garnett, a professor of law and political science at the University of Notre Dame, says that’s a stretch, even for Kennedy. “Sure, there are children who come to municipal government meetings, but there are a whole lot of tourists and children who come to Congress,” he says. “I don’t think the court will want to take that vague idea of peer pressure as coercion and expand it beyond the school context.”

From Garnett’s perspective, this is a good thing. “The better approach and what they’re likely to say is, as long as the selection criteria for who’s giving the prayer is neutral, and the prayer isn’t offensively proselytizing, we’re not going to count the number of times that Jesus or Allah is mentioned,” he says.