La Grange Votes To Begin Town Meetings With Prayer

City officials in La Grange have decided to go against what federal judges have ruled unconstitutional.

The town council plans to start its meetings with prayer.

The vote took place this week to start their meetings with a blessing, according to the Kinston Free Press. The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 7. For the past year and a half the town began meetings with time for personal thoughts.

Federal judges have ruled in the past that opening a public meeting with prayer violates the First Amendment.

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  • by SO Location: CAN on Oct 6, 2011 at 08:35 PM
    So can I just not pay my Power Bill? Even though it against the LAWS!!! Ya'll can do what you want here in this Little Town. I hope my kids don't learn from you all.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2011 at 04:28 PM
    If "praying" to an all seeing, all knowing spooky father in the sky with a hippie carpenter son gives you some kind of inner warm fuzzy, so be it. I have never liked the flag or the bible (America's two favorite theatrical props, by the way) shoved in my face at anytime. There is a time and a place for everything.
  • by Boy on Oct 6, 2011 at 02:03 PM
    One question I would ask of all these devout christen posters-- Do you not think god is not a little upset you are living on and laying claim to stolen land?
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      by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2011 at 04:30 PM in reply to Boy
      These so-called "christians" are so arrogant.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Oct 6, 2011 at 11:28 AM
    well , it is about time that someone stood up for what is right and what this country was founded on. the majority rules . by the way. keep upthe prayers and the town of La Grange will flourish. God will pour blessings that the town can not dream of and the town will be one of the greatest in the world. look how great the USA was when God was in school and other public places. then look at what is happeneing since they took GOD out and what is going on now. you cant go wrong with GOD. trust me , the town will flourish, and do not give in to the ACLU either if they come knocking!!!
  • by Vic Location: Pitt on Oct 6, 2011 at 10:46 AM
    I'm proud to see someone stand up and do the right thing. If you leave prayer out, nothing good will come out of it. Now that you will start prayer before your meetings, I bet issues will go much easier for you. I hope this will start others doing the same. The Lord will bless you for this!!!
  • by Matthew Location: walstonburg on Oct 6, 2011 at 10:13 AM
    Good job La Grange! It's about time somebody besides the 1% minority grew a backbone and stood up for what made this country great!
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      by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2011 at 04:31 PM in reply to Matthew
      Let me guess. The one percent that are your so called "heroes" serving in our glorious military?
  • by here Location: here on Oct 6, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    Separate CHURCH and STATE. Why is this so hard for sheeple to follow?? If it has been deemed unconstitutional then it is UNCONSTITUTIONAL! In order to receive respect you must give respect. Not a good example La Grange.
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      by cj on Oct 6, 2011 at 08:57 AM in reply to here
      the sheeple are the pc types who fall in line behind every rant of the aclu or (insert any special interest group) why does it bother you if a town's commissioners (who usually do nothing more than bless those in attendence and pray they make the right decisions as far as town affairs go.) not to mention, have been doing so likely since incorporation?? you my friend, wear the wool. baaaa
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        by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2011 at 10:38 PM in reply to cj
        So now.....following the Constitution of the United States makes you a sheep?
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      by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2011 at 09:19 AM in reply to here
      I will say a prayer for you
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      by Cboy on Oct 6, 2011 at 09:22 AM in reply to here
      Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances Would this not be considered a "free exercise thereof;"
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      by Harold on Oct 6, 2011 at 09:47 AM in reply to here
      The separation of Church and State is not to prevent the state from making moral laws but to prevent the government from controling the church. Thomas Jefferson
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      by anon on Oct 6, 2011 at 11:35 AM in reply to here
      the words ' seperation from church and state ' are not written in the constitution!! seek and you will find!!
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        by Anonymous on Oct 7, 2011 at 04:00 AM in reply to anon
        It doesn't need to be written to be understood that way, and that is how part of the Constitution is understood by the courts today. And not just lower couts, all the way up to the Supreme Court follows the principles of seperation of church and state. If the people in La Grange don't like it, they are free to hold their prayer, however they should be willing to face the conquences which should be arrest and fines.
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      by Really? on Oct 6, 2011 at 12:12 PM in reply to here
      To Here: Have you ever thought that the problem is that the church is separated from everything? It is great that LaGrange has stood up for prayer.
  • by bugged Location: Kinston on Oct 6, 2011 at 07:16 AM
    Awesome news!!! Every town in America needs to do this.
  • by Electricman Location: NC on Oct 6, 2011 at 06:06 AM
    Thank you La Grange for having a backbone. For those whining about electric bills, you are charged according to how much you USE. Stop using so much and your light bill will come down. Been hearing this same whine for 30 years and its usually people who get dss to pay their bill anyhow. Not always so don't try to jump down my throat but enough times to make my statement plausible. I hear about the $700 light bills but noone has shown me one from a resident. Always a combined bill or one not paid the previous month. Accept responsibility for what YOU are using.
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      by WOW!!! on Oct 6, 2011 at 08:29 PM in reply to Electricman
      You are not that CLUELESS are you. Do you know the difference in the KW from the Town of La and Progress Energy? If you do like you say, You might understand the way this works. You may work for the Town with statments like that. 7 cents a KW are you kidding me, WOW!!! Clueless with out a DOUGHT!!! Welcome to LA GRANGE. This is why you see UHAULS leaving Town and NONE coming in.
  • by Zzyzx Road Location: Pitt County on Oct 6, 2011 at 04:24 AM
    Congratulations, La Grange! Our country's founding fathers would be so proud of you! Perhaps this is the pebble tossed into the ocean that creates a tidal wave.
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