- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - Despite the threat of a lawsuit, the Berkeley County school board is moving to reinstate prayer before its meetings.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (https://bit.ly/2ayM7Hf ) the school board gave initial approval to a new policy Tuesday after dropping the use of the Lord’s Prayer earlier this year. The board has been using a moment of silence instead.

State Sen. Larry Grooms sent the board a letter signed by 50 state lawmakers citing a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision reaffirming the right to pray at public meetings. Gov. Nikki Haley last month signed a state law allowing school boards the right to open meetings with prayer.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State wrote members in June and again Monday warning that using the prayer is unconstitutional.

“I appreciate everyone’s hard work on working through this policy in light of the threats we’ve gotten,” said board member Mac McQuillin, a lawyer.

The board’s new policy calls for future invocations to be nonsectarian and nondenominational. It also states the prayer cannot favor or criticize any faith.”

No one at the meeting is required to participate in the prayer.

Americans United says that the Constitution supersedes state law.

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide