Appeals Court Upholds Cobb County Prayers

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a Georgia county's practice of letting clergy open meetings with Christian
prayers, saying the judiciary should not start editing prayers.

The three-judge panel voted 2-1 to reject the American Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit seeking to ban Cobb County officials from starting meetings with invocations from invited clergy.

County officials said clergy from all faiths are welcome, but ACLU lawyers contended the invocations are "overtly Christian prayers" that suggest that the religion is sponsored by the county.

The ruling, written by 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Bill Pryor, concluded that courts should avoid parsing the content of prayers as long as they're not used to advance a particular religion or disparage another faith.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by at last Location: al on Oct 30, 2008 at 06:39 PM
    THANK GOD at last some one has the courage to stand up for prayer,if you think back as long as we had prayer in schools you didnt hear of all the violence going on today but when we took prayer and GOD out of schools this happened again i say thank GOD its about time.we need to put GOD back in every event and especially our schools.
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