NC County Officials Defy Court – Vow to Continue Prayer at Public Meetings

On Monday a huge crowd turned out to support the county commissioners in prayer and song.

The Rowan North Carolina county commissioners defied a court ruling and vowed to continue Christian prayer at their meetings.
The New Republic reported, via Free Republic:

Commissioners in one North Carolina county plan to continue offering Christian prayers at public meetings, regardless of a letter from a civil liberties group citing a recent Supreme Court action upholding a federal court’s ban on the practice.

The Salisbury Post reported ( ) that a huge crowd turned out for the Rowan County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night to offer their support to the elected officials, who say they’ll defy a decision by the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals striking down so-called sectarian prayer, or prayer that’s explicitly linked to a particular religion, such as Christianity.

“If they tell county commissioners they can’t pray, soon they’re going to be in my church telling me I can’t pray in the name of Jesus,” said Terry Brown, a county resident who came to the meeting.

The appeals court’s ruling was in the case of the Forsyth County Board of Commissions. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by that board, letting the Fourth Circuit’s ruling stand. Since then, the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has contacted 25 and 30 government bodies in North Carolina in response to complaints from residents about sectarian prayer.

So far, Rowan County commissioners are the only local officials who say they’ll disregard the court’s decision, said Katy Parker, legal director of the state ACLU. The group has asked for a response from the commissioners to its concerns by March 5. Salisbury is located about 40 miles northeast of Charlotte.

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  • Smokey

    How is this news? It’s just some crazy fundamentalists doing crazy fundamentalist things. Remember Roy Moore in Alabama?

  • Right Wing Conservative

    Good for them.

    God Bless them and carry them through this. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!

  • democraps suck

    Odumb$hit’s lawsuit to commence in 3….2….1…..unless you recite the Koran you can not pray in ozeros world

  • Stuart

    It is time to defy the Federal Government in the name of liberty. Remember, Jim Crow was once the LAW as well, and the Supreme Court in their infinite wisdom declared Dred Scott forever a slave. Resist! Resist! Resist!

  • Robert

    The same federal government that falls all over itself pandering to head-chopping moslem primitives tells a governing body that it cannot pray.

  • proudredneck

    Good for them..

  • midusdew


  • Franklin Amman

    This is exactly the sort of pushback needed.

    Your move, judge.

    Should the judge hold them in contempt and jail them, he’s effectively jailing the people since this body is a group of representatives of the people.

    We are citizens, self-governing citizens, to be respected, not subject to be ruled.

  • Dave

    Creepy Christians, does the lord really care if you all bow your heads in unison and pray in a public building? Seriously, are you that insecure in your faith that you can’t just say a prayer to yourself without making some group spectical of it all? We get it, you love jesus, like more than others, and guess what, he doesn’t mind if you don’t do this in a public building.

  • Texas_Treeroach

    Read #3 (How is this News?)

    If this Country goes down the toilet once and for all, it won’t be because some united foreign enemy pulls the chain; but rather from a weak, yet effective, tug on the chain from the hands of a lethargic disinterested public who can’t be bothered to read the simple writing on the washroom wall.

    By the time #3 starts barking about his fundamental beliefs being outlawed and flushed, it will be too late.

  • Stuart

    Excuse me, Dave, #11
    You really don’t get it. You don’t get it at all. This is less about prayer in itself than it is about the FREEDOM to pray. This is a first amendment issue, the freedom to say OUT LOUD what is in your heart and mind. I am sure that the Russians under Stalin always had the freedom to think “bad thoughts” about Comrade Stalin. They just did not have the liberty to express them verbally.
    And as for your “Creepy Christians” comment: How dare you, you BIGOT.
    Moreover, I assure you that I am not religious and adhere to no faith except one, LIBERTY.

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  • Lady Mondegreen

    Dave (#11) you are absolutely correct. Let them pray all they like, but not as part of their official function.

  • JimmyT

    The Supreme Court opens their sessions with a prayer; the congress opens their sessions with a prayer; GOOD job NC. They can KMA.

  • Wesley Mcgranor


  • JimmyT

    #11–And you would know how Jesus feels about this, HOW? You might want to take a look and the 1st amendment.

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  • burt

    The ACLU was founded by Roger Nash Baldwin. Read his writings and understand his motivation.