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The Town of Greece has invited an atheist to deliver the invocation at tonight's (Tuesday) town board meeting. In the wake of the Supreme Court's Greece v. Galloway decision, Greece is aiming for more inclusiveness. For the atheists who claim the court got it wrong, why participate in an invocation in the first place? With us to discuss this is Dan Courtney, the atheist that will deliver the invocation and Ronald Lindsay, president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry. 

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning, in a 5-4 decision, that prayers held before the Town of Greece Board meeting can continue and do not violate the Establishment Clause, reversing the opinion of the federal appeals court. The Supreme Court heard arguments last November, after a federal appeals court ruled that Greece violated the Constitution because nearly every prayer in an 11 year span was overtly Christian.

Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the opinion of the Court, with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas concurring. Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan filed dissenting opinions joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

Greece residents Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens objected to the prayers that traditionally opened Greece town board meetings five years ago.

Roman Catholic Priestwoman Patti LaRosa discusses the future of the Roman Catholic Church following the resignation announcement by Pope Benedict XVI. Will conservative traditions continue in the Church?

Hélène Biandudi reports on how Rochester's black churches are helping to improve the educational opportunities for Rochester City School students.

College officials announced the name of the new Interfaith Center on Wednesday--"The Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue."

It carries the name of M&T Executive Vice President Brian and his wife Jean Hickey. She's a therapist at Unity Behavioral Health.

Brian Hickey says the couple decided to donate $500,000 dollars to the center to help continue its efforts on campus and within the community. The center teaches strategies for living peacefully in a religiously diverse world.

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