In Esbeck's recent article at Christianity Today he offers several reasons why he is not "cheering" this decision. I have summarized them below.
- Christian prayer at town meetings leaves the hearts of non-Christians "hardened to Christianity."
- As a result of the decision in Greece v. Galloway non-evangelicals and non-Christians will seize the opportunity to pray before town meetings. Wiccan priestesses and atheists will want to take a turn at offering an invocation
- It makes people distrust evangelicals and undermines "principled pluralism" as a way for people of all faiths or no faith at all to live peacefully in American society
- If Christians are given special privilege in town government they will lose their "prophetic" voice to speak against the culture when necessary.
- The decision will encourage a mere "civil religion" in Greece by wedding piety to local patriotism.
- "Free exercise of religion" has never meant that "people of faith have a right to capture the engines of government and put them to work on behalf of their confession."
Read the entire piece here.
I also recommend checking out Brian Beutler's piece at The New Republic: "Conservative Christians Just Won a Huge Case. Why Won't They Celebrate?"