N.C. county urges jus­tices to scru­ti­nize prayer rul­ing

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WASH­ING­TON — A North Carolina county will ask the Supreme Court to re­view a rul­ing bar­ring it from open­ing its meet­ings with Chris­tian prayers. The First Lib­erty In­sti­tute, rep­re­sent­ing the Rowan County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, filed pa­pers Thurs­day with the high court ask­ing it to con­sider the case.

In July, the 4th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals in Rich­mond ruled 10-5 against the county. The judges said the com­mis­sion­ers’ prac­tice of lead­ing the prayers them­selves and invit­ing the au­di­ence to join, al­ways in the Chris­tian faith, vi­o­lated the First Amend­ment by es­tab­lish­ing Chris­tian­ity as a pre­ferred re­li­gion.

The Rich­mond court’s rul­ing is at odds with the 6th Cir­cuit in Cincin­nati, which found in Septem­ber that such prayers are con­sti­tu­tional in a case out of Michi­gan.

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