"I’ve been in the Army twenty-six years, and I can tell you it’s a con. War is absurd. Boys don’t know any better. But for a grown man to be trapped in stupid wars—it’s embarrassing, it’s humiliating, it’s absurd."
The Supreme Court is wrestling with the question of the appropriate role for religion in government, in a case involving prayers at the start of a New York town’s council meetings.
The justices engaged in a lively give-and-take Wednesday that highlighted the sensitive nature of offering religious invocations in public proceedings, and of government efforts to police the practice.
The court is weighing a federal appeals court ruling that said the Rochester suburb of Greece, N.Y., violated the Constitution because nearly every one of its prayers in an 11-year span was overtly Christian.
The tenor of the argument indicated that the justices would not agree with the appellate ruling. But it was not clear what decision they might come to instead.