(Westminster, Md.) -- Despite a federal judge's ruling barring opening meetings of Carroll County's Board of County Commissioners with sectarian prayers, a commissioner has started a budget meeting with references to Jesus Christ.
Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier opened a meeting Thursday saying she was willing to go to jail to fight the preliminary injunction. She then quoted a prayer by George Washington that mentions Jesus.
Judge William Quarles Jr. ruled that while a lawsuit over prayers proceeds, the commission may only have non-sectarian prayers.
The American Humanist Association had filed a lawsuit over the prayers. The group said in a letter to county lawyers it would seek a contempt order if there is ``continued defiance'' of the court ruling.
Carroll County is just south of the Mason-Dixon line and borders Adams County.
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