It's now illegal to pray in Jesus' name in this NC county

persecutionA federal judge, James A. Beaty Jr., ruled last week that city commissioners in Rowan County, North Carolina must immediately cease opening government meetings with Christian prayers because doing so violates the constitutional rights of three county residents who found those prayers oppressive.
Rowan County NCThe three Rowan County residents are Nancy Lund, Liesa Montag-Siegel and Robert Voelker.
Katherine Weber reports for Christian Post, July 25, 2013, that Judge James A. Beaty Jr. allowed a preliminary injunction against the prayers in the case Lund, et al. v. Rowan County, which was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation in March on behalf of three Rowan County residents, who argued their constitutional rights were being violated because the majority of the county commission’s prayers were Christian in scope.
“Defendant Rowan County, North Carolina is hereby enjoined from knowingly and/or intentionally delivering or allowing to be delivered sectarian prayers at meetings of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners during the pendency of this suit,” read the docket entry in the U.S. Middle District Court case, as reported by Fox News. 
The lawsuit is representing Rowan County residents Nancy Lund, Liesa Montag-Siegel and Robert Voelker.

Montag-Siegel told the local Salisbury Post that she was delighted with the judge’s Tuesday ruling because she believes it shows that all Rowan County residents should be treated “fairly”: “We feel that the judge recognized that the law applies to everyone and that what we’re asking for – which is for people to feel equal and for people to not feel left out when they come to meeting […] has been listened to.”

Judge Beaty Jr. also denied on Tuesday the county’s request to drop the case, saying that similar cases are currently being debated in higher courts.
Rowan County Commissioner Craig Pierce said in an email response to WBTV that although the commission would not disobey the judge’s ruling, he believes that the real issue has to do with First Amendment rights rather than the commision of prayer:
“Naturally we anticipated the injunction. We were told by our attorneys that it would come. This is just another example of the ACLU trying to take away the rights of the American citizen. It’s not about prayer as much as a first amendment right, I don’t give up my rights because I’m sitting in a chair conducting county business. I’m not casting any opinion for the rest of the commission, or other members of the board, but for me it’s all about first amendment rights.”
The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Rowan County Board of Commissioners in March, claiming that the commission expressed preference to the Christian religion in that an alleged 97% of board meetings since 2007 had opened with Christian-themed prayers.
The ACLU claimed in a press release at the time that some portions of the commission’s opening prayers included statements “there is only one way to salvation, and that is Jesus Christ,” as well as references to the “virgin birth,” the “cross at Calvary,” and “the resurrection.”
The main sticking point with the ACLU was that the commissioners in the meetings performed the prayers themselves, instead of having a volunteer citizen or chaplain deliver the prayer.
But in a similar case in Hamilton County, Tenn. earlier this week, a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals judge refused to halt prayers performed at the county’s commissioner meetings, arguing that they were constitutional because they could be offered voluntarily by any citizen of any religious denomination.

Federal judge James Beaty Jr.

Federal judge James Beaty Jr.


64-year-old James A. Beaty Jr., was nominated in 1994 by then Pres. Bill Clinton to the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. In 2006, Beaty became chief judge of that court, and is based in Winston-Salem, NC. In 2011, Beaty had blocked NC’s cuts to Planned Parenthood.
~Eowyn

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upaces88
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upaces88

This A-Hole needs to be taken off the bench. He knows we do have “Freedom of Religion” in this country.

japoa
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A Clinton nominee coming up with this ruling , gee what a surprise ! About as predictable as the sun rising in the east .
If it wasn’t for the grey hair in the ‘ stache , he could double for Carl Weathers .

Paul
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Paul

Riot against the judge like it was the end of the world. Do to him like the Muslims do to us. He has dishonored the name of Jesus Christ. Send him and every judge in this country an unforgettable message that Christians will uphold the name of Jesus Christ against all enemies no matter what.

TrailDust
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South Carolina has long been called part of the “Bible Belt”, which makes this more puzzling. Out of curiosity I checked the location of the former Christian theme park, Heritage USA, in relation to Rowan County. They are virtually adjacent. I remember, before there was a big scandal with the Bakkers, elitist newspaper reporters were engaged in a non-stop campaign to destroy Heritage USA. They are about 50 miles apart, and about a one hour drive. I’m not arguing about Jim and Tammy Bakker’s personal integrity. The point I’m making is that, like in Texas, we have a majority of… Read more »

japoa
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Hi T.D….., this was N.C. not S.C.

TrailDust
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Thanks japoa. I stand corrected. Check out the map I’m placing in my comment above. It shows the proximity of the two locations, about 50 miles and about 1 hour drive. Very close.

japoa
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You’re welcome……….

Carla F
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Carla F

I am so tired of one or two or three people trampling on the rights of the vast majority. When will this sensless oppression by the tiny few cease? Why is one person’s atheism forced upon everyone else? I pray Christians have the courage to be all they can be regardless of the attemps to surpress their freedoms. If it wasn’t for Christian men and women 200 plus years ago, there would not even be a United States of America. Christian values created this country and will protect it.

Sawdust
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Sawdust

These atheist will have an eternity of time to wish for a First Amendment blessing. Our family uses our freedom to pray in public eating places, at home or daily as we desire. Use you freedom so God will see and hear your feelings about prayer. I Peter 3:10-12

TPR
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TPR

Not re the NC case but this report dated today, re a similar problem in another town, sheds some light on the corrupted legalities that are allowing these Liberal Lemon Sourpusses to get away with this crap (can I say crap here? : ) 8/2/13:  “Liberty Counsel Defends Religious Liberty in Supreme Court Amicus Brief”: https://www.lc.org/index.cfm?PID=14100&PRID=1349 […] …Town of Greece, in upstate New York, which was sued for opening its town meetings in prayer.  […] In Town of Greece v. Galloway, two people who occasionally attend city council meetings have gone to great lengths to make sure that public prayer is… Read more »

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Alice Wolf
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Alice Wolf

What else is new? The spirit of rebellion is extremely active but the gates of hell will not prevail against the saints of God. ONwards Christian soldiers!!!!!!!!!!

Alice Wolf
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Joan
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Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this incredible post. I am amazed this is happening in North Carolina. Once again, our First Amendment rights have been violated.

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An annointed Child Of God

“Father! Forgive them for they know not what they do.”