Lund v. Rowan County

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Description:  The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina filed suit against Rowan County’s prayer policy, which permits each county commissioner, on a rotating basis, to offer a prayer or have a moment of silence as part of an opening ceremony that includes a call to order and the Pledge of Allegiance. The individual commissioner can decide the content of his or her prayer as well as the decision whether to pray or have a moment of silence. No one is required to participate.

NC county may ask US Supreme Court to hear prayer case

Friday, July 14, 2017

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Brett Harvey regarding Friday’s decision by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit against a North Carolina county’s prayer policy in Lund v. Rowan County:

“All Americans, including public servants, should have the freedom to pray without being censored, just as the Supreme Court found only three years ago. The First Amendment affirms the liberty of Americans to pray according to their consciences before public meetings. For that reason, a 4th Circuit panel last year rightly upheld Rowan County’s prayer policy, which is clearly constitutional. The county will consult with its legal counsel to consider asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review this case.”
Harvey is co-counsel in defense of the county along with David Gibbs of The National Center for Life and Liberty, Ken Klukowski of First Liberty Institute, and other allies.
  • Pronunciation guide: Rowan (Roh-WANN')
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Previous news releases:

  • 2016-09-19: 4th Circuit upholds freedom to pray for NC county
  • 2016-01-26: ADF: 4th Circuit should uphold freedom to pray as US Supreme Court did

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