prayer http://wfae.org en U.S. Supreme Court Decision May Impact Rowan County Prayer Dispute http://wfae.org/post/us-supreme-court-decision-may-impact-rowan-county-prayer-dispute <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that opening prayers with references to Christianity during government meetings do not violate the U.S. Constitution.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This decision may impact <a href="http://wfae.org/post/us-supreme-court-hear-government-prayer-case-whats-it-mean-rowan-co-dispute" target="_blank">a trial in Rowan County</a> filed by residents who say they feel excluded when county commissioners open council meetings in the name of Jesus.</span></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 21:58:27 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 50344 at http://wfae.org U.S. Supreme Court Decision May Impact Rowan County Prayer Dispute U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Government Prayer Case. What's It Mean For Rowan Co. Dispute? http://wfae.org/post/us-supreme-court-hear-government-prayer-case-whats-it-mean-rowan-co-dispute <p>Prayers in government meetings have received <em>a lot</em> of attention in North Carolina. The ACLU has sued the Rowan County Commission, and another group has threatened to sue the Union County Commission for what they say are “sectarian prayers.”</p><p>As the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up a similar case from New York next week, we&nbsp;explore what the case could mean for North Carolina.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 38283 at http://wfae.org U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Government Prayer Case. What's It Mean For Rowan Co. Dispute? Lawsuits Prompt Pause For Some Sectarian Prayers http://wfae.org/post/lawsuits-prompt-pause-some-sectarian-prayers <p>The longstanding practice of opening Charlotte-area government meetings with a Christian prayer has come under increasing attack by residents and outside groups.</p><p>It’s a battle that is also unfolding from California to New York, and the issue is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.</p><p>The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause prohibits the government from favoring one religion over another. When government prayers invoke Jesus, civil liberties groups and other critics say it violates constitutional rights.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 14:08:48 +0000 Joe DePriest & Adam Bell 32764 at http://wfae.org In Regard To Rowan Commissioners, 'Bless Their Hearts' http://wfae.org/post/regard-rowan-commissioners-bless-their-hearts <p>In the Bible belt that is the South, the role of church and state are often intertwined in such a manner as to appear one in the same.&nbsp; But when it comes to divorcing the Christian faith from government practices, you begin to see the truth in the expression “the devil made me do it.”</p><p>Typically, the South is the only region in the nation where a majority of voters describe themselves as either “born-again” or “Evangelical Christians” in the exit polls.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:59:05 +0000 Michael Bitzer 23563 at http://wfae.org In Regard To Rowan Commissioners, 'Bless Their Hearts' Rowan County Commission To Fight ACLU Over Prayer http://wfae.org/post/rowan-county-commission-fight-aclu-over-prayer <p>Rowan County commissioners decided Monday to continue opening their meetings with a prayer, despite a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU has argued the prayers are unconstitutional and violate the separation of church and state.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:52:07 +0000 Ben Bradford 23558 at http://wfae.org