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Forsyth Co. to take prayer to Supreme Court
Written by David Horn   
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 09:58

(WINSTON-SALEM) -- The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners voted this week to attempt to make a case before the Supreme Court.  Commissioners want to appeal a ruling prohibiting prayer before their meetings.

A federal appeals court ruled last month that the board was wrong to allow sectarian prayer before the board's meetings. Mike Johnson is an attorney for the Alliance Defense Fund, which is representing the board. He said other courts have not come to the same conclusion as the 4th Circuit did.

"Most all of the cases have gone our way on this.  In other words, agreeing with the county's position that a private person supplying a prayer in a public body should not have to censor what they say, so because of all that, really the 4th Circuit, this opinion is the one that's out of step and we think that the Supreme Court will set it straight," said Johnson.

He said the 4th Circuit's ruling has created uncertainty with public bodies across the country, and he believes the Supreme Court will hear the case in order to provide certainty. The High Court could choose to hear the case as early as next summer, but Johnson expects they will take it up sometime next fall.

(Thanks to: WSJS)

 
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