Pastor at Center of Town Council Prayer Controversy to Attend Supreme Court Case Wednesday


WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2013 /Christian Newswire/
— A pastor at the center of one of this year’s most watched Supreme
Court cases will attend arguments before the justices this Wednesday,
November 6, 2013, at 10:00 AM.

Details:

Who: The Reverends Rob Schenck and Patrick Madeiros with other Christian leaders

What: Attendance at U.S. Supreme Court for arguments in Greece, NY v. Galloway, Susan, et al. (12-696) with remarks, news conference and prayer service to follow

Where: In front of the United States Supreme Court, 1 First St, NE, Washington, DC 20543

When: Wed, Nov 6, Revds Schenck and Madeiros arrive at Supreme Court, West Entrance, 9:30 AM, emerge from Court main doors approximately 11:00 AM, make comments to media approximately 11:05 AM, and conduct news conference approximately 11:30 AM

United States Supreme Court building.

United States Supreme Court building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Reverend Patrick Madeiros (Mah’-dare-ose) is Lead Pastor of
Greece Assembly of God, a congregation in Greece, NY, and has been a
frequent guest clergy member at his local town council meetings. Over
the past fourteen years, Pastor Madeiros has delivered countless opening
prayers before council meetings. On Wednesday the justices will hear
arguments by attorneys for the town that it has a right to continue
the prayers. Lawyers for two atheists will assert that the public
prayers infringe on their clients’ rights not to believe in God.

Pastor
Madeiros will travel from Greece, New York, to Washington, DC, on
Tuesday, November 5, where he will meet over dinner with the Reverend
Dr. Rob Schenck (Shank) of Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capital and
chairman of the Evangelical Church Alliance. The two will discuss
continuing strategies for preserving the American tradition of public
prayers by clergy. On Wednesday morning, Pastor Madeiros will accompany
Rev. Schenck to the High Court to listen to oral arguments in Town of
Greece v. Galloway, Susan, et al (12-696) Immediately following
arguments, the pastor will make comments to the media with Rev. Schenck,
and will participate in a news conference and prayer service on the
sidewalk in front of the court building.

Rev. Schenck said about Pastor Madeiros and the prayers he offers at his town council meetings:

“Pastor Pat, as everyone knows him, is one of the warmest and
most considerate people I have ever met. He is beloved by his
congregation and by many, many others. His prayers at town council
meetings are only the most visible contributions Pastor Pat makes to the
community he loves. It is wrong for the courts to ban a long-held,
widely accepted practice that has been going on in legislatures at every
level in our country since its birth, and it is even more wrong to deny
community faith leaders like Pastor Pat the freedom to pray according
to the dictates of their own beliefs and consciences. There are many,
many Christians in the town of Greece, but only a few atheists. Under
the guarantee of the First Amendment, all parties have equal rights
before the law. You can’t take away the rights of Christians in favor of
preserving the rights of atheists.”

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About Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield

a bi-vocational minister organizing a new church plant in the Katy, Texas Area.

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