Fight Over Prayer at Rowan County Meetings Heads to Federal Appeal Courts…

Excerpt From: WSOC. Written By: Brittney Johnson.

A controversial case over prayer at Rowan County commission meetings will be heard Wednesday before a federal court of appeals.

Channel 9 anchor Brittney Johnson spoke to the ACLU Tuesday morning about how the outcome of the hearing could affect elected leaders’ right to pray in several states.

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The plaintiffs argue that it is unconstitutional for Rowan County commissioners to instruct the audience to join them in mostly Christian prayers before meetings.

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The appeals court ruled against them last year and the ACLU is taking the fight to the next level.

Attorneys for both sides will argue the case Wednesday before a panel of 15 judges at the Fourth Circuit Court of appeals in Virginia.

It will be the latest step in what has been a contentious battle since 2012.

Rowan County is fighting to allow its commissioners to continue to lead prayers, while the ACLU argues that the practice excludes people who are not Christian.


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