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Rowan County commissioners pick pastor for pre-meeting prayers while pondering lawsuit appeal


SALISBURY, North Carolina — Prayers will continue before Rowan County commission meetings, now let by a local pastor already serving as the sheriff's office chaplin.

The Salisbury Post reports ( ) that the opening invocation to Monday's meeting comes as the county leaders ponder a next step in a lawsuit relating their past prayer practices.

A federal judge ruled earlier this month that Rowan County commissioners must stop opening their meetings with prayers that almost always referred to Christianity.

U.S. District Judge James Beaty Jr. ruled that the way the commissioners opened meetings with prayers violated the U.S. Constitution's prohibition against mixing church and state. Rowan County commissioners themselves delivered prayers before their meetings.

Information from: Salisbury Post,

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