Rowan Commissioners Must Stop Prayers at Government Meetings
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Commissioners in Rowan County must stop opening public meetings with prayers in Jesus' name.
On Wednesday, A U.S. District Court Judge issued a preliminary injunction ordering the Rowan County Board of Commissioners to immediately cease its practice of opening government meetings with unconstitutional prayers specific to one religion.
The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit earlier this year. The court is prohibiting the county from "knowingly and/or intentionally delivering or allowing to be delivered sectarian prayers" at official board meetings.
The original complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, details how more than 97 percent of board meetings since 2007 have been opened with prayers specific to one religion, Christianity.