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Local News
3:33 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Headline Roundup: Judge Hears Arguments On Prayer, SC Police Arrest Shooting Suspect & More

Federal Judge Hears Arguments On PrayerA federal judge in Winston-Salem hears arguments Thursday on sectarian prayers before meetings of Forsyth County commissioners. The county's attorneys want US District Judge James Beaty to drop a 2010 order that banned commissioners from having clergy deliver pre-meeting prayers that refer to Jesus Christ or other deities. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this year that a New York town’s inclusive policy did not violate the Constitution by allowing ministers to deliver Christian prayers at meetings. Forsyth County had used a similar practice before it was blocked by an earlier court order. The ACLU says the rules in Forsyth County allow only religious leaders from established local congregations to participate. They say that does not follow the Supreme Court ruling, which calls for all faiths and beliefs to be allowed to take part. 

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Religion
5:58 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Decision May Impact Rowan County Prayer Dispute

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

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that opening prayers with references to Christianity during government meetings do not violate the U.S. Constitution.

This decision may impact a trial in Rowan County filed by residents who say they feel excluded when county commissioners open council meetings in the name of Jesus.

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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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The Party Line
1:59 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

In Regard To Rowan Commissioners, 'Bless Their Hearts'

Michael Bitzer

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.  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.”

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.

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Local News
1:52 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Rowan County Commission To Fight ACLU Over Prayer

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.

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