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NC lawmakers push resolution on prayer at meetings

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) – Two Rowan County Republican lawmakers want their legislative colleagues to support a resolution backing their county commissioners and their use of sectarian prayers at official meetings.

The Salisbury Post reports (http://bit.ly/10vZckW ) that Reps. Harry Warren and Carl Ford filed the joint resolution Monday. It says citizens should not lose First Amendment protection “by virtue of their appointment, election, contract, employment, or otherwise engagement.”

The resolution also says the N.C. General Assembly doesn’t recognize federal court rulings which prohibit and regulate the state from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.

A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina accuses the board of commissioners of violating the First Amendment provision ordaining the separation of church and state by routinely praying to Jesus Christ to start its meetings.

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Information from: Salisbury Post, http://www.salisburypost.com

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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