Friday, November 21, 2014

Prayer Ban Ends on NC Commissioners' Meetings; Court Decides Policy for Prayer Includes All Faiths

County commissioners in Forsyth, North Carolina are now allowed to have prayers before meetings, the Christian Broadcast Network website reports today (November 21, 2014).

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge James Beaty Jr. removed a 2010 order banning commissioners from having clergy deliver prayers that refer to Jesus Christ or other deities.

The American Civil Liberties Union had argued the prayer policy was discriminatory, but Forsyth County says the policy is pro-actively inclusive of all faiths and said persons of any faith are welcome to offer a prayer.

"It was a long battle but it was worth it," Gloria Whisenhunt, vice chairwoman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, said.

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