Religion-specific prayer outruled in Rowan Co.

Religion-specific prayer outruled in Rowan Co.

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by WCNC.com staff

WCNC.com

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 1:40 PM

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. -- Certain types of prayer is no longer welcome at meetings of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners, according to a U.S. District Court in North Carolina.

A judge made the ruling Tuesday, ordering the board of commissioners to immediately stop opening its meetings with prayers specific to one religion.

The ACLU and ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit on behalf of three Rowan County residents demanding that the Rowan County Board of Commissioners stop saying prayers that are religion specific.

“We are very pleased that the court reaffirmed one of the most basic principles of religious liberty – that all members of the community should be treated and welcomed equally by their government, regardless of their personal religious beliefs,” said Chris Brook, Legal Director for the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation.

More than 97 percent of board meetings since 2007 have been opened with prayers specific to one religion, Christianity, according to the original complaint.

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