SALISBURY, NC (AP) -- Rowan County commissioners have opened their latest public meeting with a prayer, one week after the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina filed a lawsuit over the practice.
Attorney Bryce Neier of the Alliance Defending Freedom encouraged the commissioners to stand up to the ACLU. Neier worked with Forsyth County when it was sued over prayer during public meetings
The complaint filed last Tuesday in U.S. District Court by the ACLU accuses the board of violating the First Amendment provision ordaining the separation of church and state by routinely praying to Jesus Christ to start its meetings.
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