In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous decision in Greece v. Galloway, it seemed there would be little hope of stopping local governments from opening their meetings with predominantly Christian prayers.
Chaplains offering prayers on behalf of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina have been told to stop mentioning Jesus’ name in official invocations.
The policy has been in place for about one month, according to the Charlotte Observer, and it applies to police events such as academy graduations, as well as for promotions and memorials.
A courtroom in Richmond, Va., will be the site of a church-state showdown on Thursday. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in an important case dealing with official prayer before government bodies. Americans United will be there.
Religious Right groups regularly insist that all devout Americans, especially Christians, must be against the separation of church and state.
As usual, they’re completely off the mark. In fact, many people of faith are among the strongest supporters of church-state separation. And we have a new piece of evidence.
Some residents of Henderson County, N.C., seem determined to fight unnecessary battles.
According to news reports, the Henderson County Commission held a meeting last night to hear from the community and take a final vote on whether its monthly meetings should continue to open with sectarian invocations.