4th Circuit Rules Rowan County Prayer Practice Unconstitutional

On July 14, 2017, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 10-5 in favor of the plaintiffs in Nancy Lund, et al. v. Rowan County, North Carolina, establishing that the county’s practice of having elected lawmakers lead Christian prayer at the start of its Board of Commissioners meetings “runs afoul of the Establishment Clause” because the prayer “served to identify the government with Christianity and risked conveying to citizens of minority faiths a message of exclusion.”

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