Atheists Lose Lawsuit to Stop House of Representatives From Opening in Prayer

The House of Representatives can continue to open its sessions in prayer, a U.S. District Court ruled Wednesday.

The practice was challenged by Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-President Dan Barker last year after he was told he could not deliver a secular invocation. He sued U.S. House Chaplain Patrick Conroy for “violating his rights” under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Constitution. The FFRF filed the lawsuit on the National Day of Prayer.

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