Religious Group Fundraising To Get Prayer Before Meetings

6:24 PM, Feb 11, 2010   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC -- A non-profit is raising thousands of dollars to get prayer back in Forsyth County Commissioners meetings.

In 2007, the ACLU filed a suit claiming the use of Christian-themed prayers were not neutral enough for government activities.

Last month, a judge ruled the prayer before Forsyth Commissioners meetings is unconstitutional.

The North Carolina Partnership for Religious Liberty says the decision is a violation of the First Amendment. The group has already collected $155,000 from private donors to cover potential legal costs of an appeal. It plans to raise even more money if necessary.

The partnership sent a letter to Forsyth County Commission Chair David Plyler on Thursday afternoon with details about the fundraiser.

Plyler says commissioners haven't yet discussed appealing the prayer decision.

The board's next meeting is Feb. 22.


















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