Portsmouth, VA

AU received a complaint from a local citizen regarding the City’s 2006 National Day of Prayer Celebration. City officials used city resources to organize and promote the prayer. AU wrote a letter to the City, informing officials that, while they have the right to participate in their individual capacities in National Day of Prayer events, the Establishment Clause bars them from using their public employment or public resources to sponsor such activities. Subsequent monitoring of the City indicates that officials have ceased their impermissible involvement with these events.