Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, January 10, 2019

A federal judge found the way the Rowan County Commission prayed before public meetings unconstitutional. An appeals court eventually agreed and the Supreme Court last summer declined to hear the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, federal court records show. Now the county will have to pay the ACLU's legal bills for the five-year legal fight: $285,000. "This is an important victory for the rights of all people to be free from religious coercion by government officials," ACLU of North Carolina's Chris Brook said. "People who attend public meetings should not have to fear that government officials may force them to participate in a prayer -- or discriminate against them if they don't." The lawsuit dates back to 2013. The commission chair or members give a prayer at the beginning of each meeting, the lawsuit says, and over six years 97 percent of prayers were Christian. "The prayers are invariably and unmistakably Christian in content," the judges' opinion notes.



Admin's note: Participants in this discussion must follow the site's moderation policy. Profanity will be filtered. Abusive conduct is not allowed.


#1 | Posted by jpw at 2019-01-10 01:44 PM | Reply

Comments are closed for this entry.

Home | Breaking News | Comments | User Blogs | Stats | Back Page | RSS Feed | RSS Spec | DMCA Compliance | Privacy | Copyright 2019 World Readable

Drudge Retort