Rowan County Officials Ask Pastor to Pray at Meetings Until They Decide Whether or Not to Appeal Anti-Prayer Ruling May 18, 2015

Rowan County Officials Ask Pastor to Pray at Meetings Until They Decide Whether or Not to Appeal Anti-Prayer Ruling

I recently posted about the Rowan County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina and how they used to pray to Jesus at virtually every meeting.

The Rowan County Board of Commissioners prays at a meeting (via WSOC-TV)

U.S. District Judge James Beaty Jr. ruled earlier this month that the Commissioners were violating the law and continued to do so every time they uttered a Christian prayer. (The legal thing to do would be to open up the invocations to people of all faiths and no faith.)

You would think the practice would have stopped. But it hasn’t. In fact, while they decide whether or not to appeal the ruling, the Christian prayers will still be going on. Starting tonight, however, those prayers will be offered by Pastor Michael Taylor, the Sheriff’s Office chaplain (a position you’d think is also illegal…).

This decision was made years ago:

Taylor’s selection to deliver opening invocations dates back to April 15, 2013, when county commissioners unanimously adopted an alternate policy for opening prayers. The policy, approved when Jim Sides was the chairman of the commissioners, states its effective date as “immediately upon notification from the county attorney to the clerk to the board that an injunction has been issued by the federal court.”

It’s like they knew back then what they were doing was illegal and the courts would try to stop them.

Keep in mind that asking the pastor to speak on their behalf is still illegal. As it stands, no non-Christian is allowed to deliver these invocations and the Supreme Court explicitly prohibited that in Greece v. Galloway.

When you commit a crime, and you’re called out on it, and you’re deciding your next steps, you’re not supposed to keep committing the same crime in the interim.

But these Commissioners aren’t bright enough to understand all this. They have a meeting scheduled for June 1 to discuss their options with a lawyer.

Because this is what they think is a good use of their time and the taxpayers in Rowan County seem to be okay with it.

(Thanks to Keith for the link)

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