Federal judge rules that North Carolina county can pray again



This should have never been in the court system in the first place. But thankfully, freedom of religion wins out:

FOX NEWS GSO – A federal judge this morning ruled that Forsyth County commissioners can return to their former policy of allowing sectarian prayer before meetings but also told the commissioners to modify their policy to ensure that it doesn’t discriminate, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The decision by U.S. District Judge James A. Beaty Jr. came after he heard oral arguments for both parties in a Winston-Salem federal courtroom.

The hearing lasted less than an hour.

Forsyth County had asked the court in June to dissolve the 2010 injunction that barred it from practicing its policy of allowing clergy to deliver sectarian prayers before meetings.

The county made the request after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the town of Greece, N.Y., did not violate the U.S. Constitution by allowing ministers to deliver Christian prayers at meetings, because the town had an inclusive policy.

Beaty ruled that the U.S. Supreme Court essentially previous judicial decisions that had ruled that sectarian prayers were prohibited.

Forsyth County had argued that the Supreme Court ruling applied because the county had a similar policy.

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