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Local News
5:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Government Prayer Case. What's It Mean For Rowan Co. Dispute?

The Rowan County Commission praying at the beginning of its October 21, 2013 meeting
Credit Rowan County

Prayers in government meetings have received a lot 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.”

As the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up a similar case from New York next week, we explore what the case could mean for North Carolina.


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Charlotte Observer
10:08 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Lawsuits Prompt Pause For Some Sectarian Prayers

The longstanding practice of opening Charlotte-area government meetings with a Christian prayer has come under increasing attack by residents and outside groups.

It’s a battle that is also unfolding from California to New York, and the issue is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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.

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