They won’t let people in an old folks home pray before meals, because the Federal government contributed part of the money for the meals.
I would take this to court. The activities of the people who consume the food are none of the federal government’s business, and simply because they help in providing the food, they have no right to dictate what activities the people who consume the food engage in before, during, or after the meal.
Now, if they restricted the food to only those who would pray, or something like that, I would understand. But they have no right to try and dictate ANY of the activities of the people who consume the food. That is a direct assault on the first amendment.
Remember the first Amendments says that government will do nothing to impede the free exercise of religion. And that is exactly what they are doing here. Here, they is clearly no attempt to establish a government church. The praying sure is not establishing a government church that everyone has to belong to.
A government regulation that tries to control the constitutionally protected first amendment rights of americans as a condition of receiving the aid is unconstitutional.