Freedom From Religion Foundation http://wfae.org en 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