Friday, July 14, 2017

Court Blocks Prayer In North Carolina Legislature

Via Billy

Hands folded in prayer on a Holy Bible in church concept for faith, spirtuality and religion (Brian A. Jackson/shutterstock_145450387)

A federal court ruled Friday that praying at the opening of North Carolina county commission meetings is unconstitutional.

The full 4th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the initial ruling of the circuit’s 3 judge panel, which said that the prayers were constitutional so long as Rowan County commissioners did not pressure anyone to join. According to the full circuit’s 10-5 ruling, the prayers constitute a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the initial lawsuit over the prayers, and alleged the religious practice was discriminatory, according to NBC Charlotte.


  1. that does not seem to be relevant to the establishment of a religion clause.

  2. "Congress shall make no law..." If the prayer is not mandated and compulsory by law, then it is outside the cognizance of the law and the judiciary since "judges are bound thereby" (Article VI, Section 2). --Ron W

    1. Maybe they should be required to take Civics 101 again..........