SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — More than 1,000 people attended a prayer rally before the Rowan County Commission meeting in Salisbury.
The group sang patriotic songs and hymns before the meeting Monday night.
The American Civil Liberates Union sued the commission in March on behalf of three people who complained commissioners were alienating members of the community by opening their meeting with a prayer for a specific religion.
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Commissioner Mike Caskey opened Monday’s meeting with a prayer that ended with the words; “I ask this in his name, who is above all other names.” Caskey did not use Jesus’ name in the prayer.
Dr. Ron Baity with the Return America group of Winston-Salem says he told the commission that if the right to pray is lost in public, people will next attack prayer in churches.
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