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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:03 PM

NC county fought for public prayer, and lost. Now it has to pay the ACLU $285k

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article224219600.html?fbclid=IwAR2pkM-UkFArTlWpXkGe9RjcwDpwS3CP7uJxAWeDZZGe95_Mwk3xlvIQ9wo


NC county fought for public prayer, and lost. Now it has to pay the ACLU $285k
By Charles Duncan
January 10, 2019 10:40 AM,


A federal judge found the way the Rowan County Commission prayed before public meetings unconstitutional. An appeals court eventually agreed and the Supreme Court last summer declined to hear the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, federal court records show. Now the county will have to pay the ACLU’s legal bills for the five-year legal fight: $285,000.

On Monday, County Commission members voted to pay the bill, the Salisbury Post reports.

“We are obviously very unhappy with this and I think a few of us are, probably, physically sick to our stomach that we have to do this, but this is the risk that we took,” County Commission Chair Greg Edds said, according to the newspaper.


The lawsuit dates back to 2013 when three Rowan County residents sued the county commission over the public prayer at the beginning of each meeting, according to court filings. The commission chair or members give a prayer at the beginning of each meeting, the lawsuit says, and over six years 97 percent of prayers were Christian.

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“This case has always been about making Rowan County more welcoming to people of all beliefs, and we are so glad that the Supreme Court has let this ruling stand,” said Nan Lund, one of the plaintiffs in the case, according to an ACLU press release.

“This is an important victory for the rights of all people to be free from religious coercion by government officials,” ACLU of North Carolina’s Chris Brook said. “People who attend public meetings should not have to fear that government officials may force them to participate in a prayer—or discriminate against them if they don’t.”

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Reply NC county fought for public prayer, and lost. Now it has to pay the ACLU $285k (Original post)
babylonsister Jan 11 OP
Eliot Rosewater Jan 11 #1
yortsed snacilbuper Jan 11 #2
mountain grammy Jan 11 #5
tblue37 Jan 11 #3
gratuitous Jan 11 #4
marble falls Jan 11 #6

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:13 PM

1. THIS THIS THIS

is how you get police departments to not shoot innocent people or county governments not to trample on our constitution.

MONEY

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:13 PM

2. Time for another donation to the,

ACLU.

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Response to yortsed snacilbuper (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:26 PM

5. +1000

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:17 PM

3. K&R for visibility. nt

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:23 PM

4. "This is the risk that we took"

Exactly. Voters of Rowan County, do you get it now? At long last, has it been made clear to you? The county has to pay out $285,000 to those godless commies at the ACLU because your county commissioners insisted on violating the First Amendment.

Is there anything Rowan County could have done with $285,000? Or was it more important to try to make Jesus happy that you were reciting long, public prayers so that others could see your piety on display? Wait; didn't Jesus have something to say about that? As I recall, it wasn't very complimentary.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:28 PM

6. I have public prayer every single day. I keep it to myself. How hard is that? I hope they

find no way out of paying the ACLU. There is no need to provide a prayer opportunity to a public meeting. None.

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