- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) - Rowan County commissioners are going to appeal a federal judge’s ruling which said they must stop opening their meetings with prayers that almost always refer to Christianity.

The Salisbury Post reports (https://bit.ly/1FpSeS7) the board voted unanimously on Monday to appeal the decision which involved its prayer practices from 2007 to 2013.

U.S. District Judge James Beaty Jr. ruled that the way the commissioners opened meetings with prayers violated the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against mixing church and state. The commissioners themselves delivered prayers before their meetings.

Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Michael Taylor gave Monday’s opening invocation.

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina said it was disappointed with the decision and said it would continue to make its arguments against the policy in court.

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Information from: Salisbury Post, https://www.salisburypost.com


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