Yadkinville, NC

AU received a complaint that the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners frequently opened meetings with Christian invocations. In a letter to the Board, AU explained that legislative bodies may not use language specific to any faith in opening their sessions with prayer. The letter asked the Board to take steps to ensure that future prayers at Board meetings are nonsectarian. Although one commissioner attempted, after receiving AU’s letter, to convince other Board members to enact a formal policy allowing sectarian prayers, the proposal was rejected. Since that time, the Board appears to be following the law.