North Carolina County Commissioners Sued for Insisting Upon Official Public Prayers
Three citizens and the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (ACLU) sued the Rowan County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina on Tuesday over the board’s continued insistence on opening meetings with official Christian prayers.
The group has been raising the issue since Feb. 15, 2012, when the ACLU sent a letter notifying the board that continuing to open meetings with sectarian religious ceremonies violates the Constitution and contravenes a recent ruling by a federal appeals court. They gave the commission until March 5 to change course.
The group’s letter sparked a series of angry commentaries by commissioners, including an email by Commissioner Jim Sides who said he would “volunteer to be the first to go to jail for” the cause of official public prayer at government meetings. Subsequent meetings featured prominent public prayers led by commission members and public comment periods became stacked with enthusiastic Christians lecturing about how the liberal Supreme Court cannot impose its will upon the free people of America.
It’s quite disturbing to me that our country seems to be filled with citizens who think “majority rules” is the law of the land. Not the constitution, not federal/state/local laws, not decency, not fairness… just mob mentality.