NC County Warned Of Lawsuit Over Meeting Prayers

Another North Carolina county is being warned about a possible lawsuit because county commissioners frequently open public meetings with Christian prayers.

The Charlotte Observer reports ( ) that the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation renewed objections to Union County officials over what it called unconstitutional sectarian prayers. The group says commissioners should drop prayers from its meetings.

A federal appeals court in 2011 ruled Forsyth County violated the U.S. Constitution's separation of church and state by opening meetings with sectarian prayers.

Kannapolis City Council members last year began opening meetings with silent prayer instead of praying aloud after the Wisconsin foundation wrote them about the issue.

The American Civil Liberties Union two months ago helped Rowan County residents sue the county because commissioners opened meetings with Christian prayers.