Commissioners obey federal order, do not pray at public meeting

Commissioners obey federal order, do not pray at public meeting

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by Dianne Gallagher / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 6 at 8:25 AM

SALSIBURY, N.C. -- In their first meeting since a federal judge issued an injunction on specific religious prayer, the Rowan County Commissioners decided not to pray at all.
 

That didn't stop the people who attended the meeting.  
 

The Commission voted to take a short recess, where its members presumably prayed in private, and told the audience to have a moment of silence.  
 

Instead, people stood up and prayed Christian prayers using Jesus' name.
 

The judge issued the injunction after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of three Rowan County residents, claiming the religion specific prayer by public officials at public meetings excludes citizens.
 

Both sides are waiting to hear how the United States Supreme Court rules on a similar case.

 

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