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Green Bay Mayor to continue invocation despite outcome of U.S. Supreme Court case

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Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt
Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday involving Christian invocations given at government meetings. 

At issue, does a specific religious invocation lead to an endorsement of the religion by government? 

A decision on the constitutionality of the issue won’t come until the spring. 

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt has been giving an invocation at the start of city council meetings for years.

“There is someone greater than everyone on the planet and I think to look for wisdom, guidance, patience and for understanding of those who are in need is appropriate” Schmitt said. 

Schmitt says he makes sure not to call out a specific religion, but his invocations are Christian in nature when he asks for prayer and for the heavenly father to give his blessing.

Schmitt says despite the outcome of the case, he will continue to give an invocation.

“If there is some people who don’t like that, I can’t really help that” Schmitt said, “I think it works, it works for the community and I hope people respect that.” 

Every Brown County Board of Supervisors meeting also starts with an invocation.  It’s written in the county’s code of ordinances that the Vice-Chair of the board lead the invocation and pledge of allegiance.

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