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Several atheists say they were offended by a prayer vigil held by the City of Ocala, Florida, in 2014 after a mass shooting that injured several children
(Chris Pandolfo,FOX) The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a Florida city’s request to dismiss a lawsuit brought by atheists who say thoey were offended after the city held a prayer vigil following a local mass shooting.
The City of Ocala had asked the Supreme Court to clarify whether “psychic or emotional offense allegedly caused by observation of religious messages” was sufficient to grant the atheists standing to sue, arguing it is not. The Supreme Court denied the city’s petition, handing the atheists a temporary win. However, Justice Neil Gorsuch explained in a statement that the lower courts now reviewing the case should ultimately side with Ocala.
The case concerns two individuals, Lucinda Hale and Art Rojas, who are members of the American Humanist Association. Hale and Rojas have accused Ocala of violating the establishment clause of the First Amendment after police organized a prayer vigil with local religious leaders in response to a 2014 shooting in which several children were injured. Court documents said police chaplains were praying and singing on stage while in uniform…
The atheists claimed that the religious elements of the prayer vigil were offensive and made them feel excluded. The district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals…Supreme Court denies petition from Florida city to toss atheists’ First Amendment suit over prayer vigil | Fox News