Alliance Defending Freedom has written a letter [PDF] to apartment officials explaining that the Establishment Clause found in the Constitution is a restriction on government - not on private speakers.
"Government funding shouldn't be misused to ban a widow's prayer," explains ADF attorney Matt Sharp. "The private decision of a senior citizen to discuss her faith or read the Bible or pray is all private speech -- and no law requires that a privately owned independent living facility like this one should restrict the religious expression of these members of America's greatest generation."
According to Sharp, tenants do not surrender their constitutional rights of free speech and religion because they live in a facility underwritten by federal tax dollars. The ADF letter explains that, plus the fact that the actions by the center's staff member may violate federal and state anti-discrimination laws.