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Forsyth to appeal prayer case to US Supreme Court

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina county wants to make its case to the US Supreme Court that public meetings should be allowed to start with prayers singling out Jesus Christ for praise.

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners voted 6-1 Monday night to continue its case to the nation's high court if conservative foundations continue to pay its legal fees, including attorney's bills if the county loses.

A federal appeals court in Richmond, VA, ruled last month that the county commission was wrong to allow opening prayers at its meetings that singled out praise for a specific deity.

A 2007 lawsuit objecting to the county mixing religion and public business said most of the prayers delivered by religious leaders in 2006 ended by using the name Jesus Christ.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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