Despite Lawsuit, Rowan County Commissioners Open Meeting With Prayer
SALISBURY, NC- Rowan County has a religious battle on its hands.
County commissioners lobbed a grenade opening Monday night's meeting with a Christian prayer, just one week after the ACLU sued to stop that. It's a war commissioners are unanimously prepared to fight.
"Whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the lord Jesus," said Rick Freeborn, a Salisbury evangelist.
Over a hundred residents filled the meeting including Gwen Eagle who brought her three sons along. She's made sure her family has been involved since the ACLU filed the lawsuit last week.
"They asked me 'mommy why are we going back today' and I said because the fights not over," said Gwen Eagle, a Salisbury resident.
"They don't want to come to Rowan County because they're wasting their time and money. I want to see this lawsuit defeated and I want to see victory in Jesus' name," said Bob Trice, a Rockwell resident.
Cornerston Church of Salisbury showed up with a check for $10,000 to help commissioners fight the legal battle with the ACLU.
Pastor Bill Godair who wrote the check says, "I'm offended, I'm offended that somebody would ask the county commissioners not to pray in the name of Jesus."
After hearing from over a dozen speakers Monday night, commissioners voted to fight what their supporters call "the good fight".