Despite the First Amendment's ban on government establishments of religion,opening government meetings with prayer is a longstanding tradition in many American communities.
The wall between church and state.
A personal musing on religion and the Constitution.
Charles Pinckney, Religious Liberty, and the United States Constitution.
In the hostile atmosphere of Israel/Palestine, liberty and tolerance are losers all around, and religion is part of the unpleasant mix.
This story illustrates how hair can have religious and cultural significance.