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Carroll County to discuss public meeting prayer policy

Written by The Associated Press | May 7, 2014 11:50 PM
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(Westminster, Md.) -- Commissioners in a county just south of the Mason Dixon line are reverting to a disputed prayer policy in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The five Republican Carroll County commissioners voted unanimously this morning to reverse their April decision limiting opening prayers at public meetings to nonsectarian invocations. Last month's resolution followed a federal court order barring the commissioners from opening their meetings with overtly Christian prayers.

In a ruling Monday, the Supreme Court approved of Christian opening prayers said by clergy at public meetings in the town of Greece, New York.

The high court decision prompted the federal judge in Baltimore to lift his restriction on the Carroll County prayers. But the plaintiffs in the underlying lawsuit say the Supreme Court ruling shouldn't apply to Carroll County, where the prayers are said by the commissioners themselves.

The story from earlier:

Commissioners in a Maryland community just south of the Mason-Dixon line are reviewing their prayer policy in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The agenda for today's meeting in Westminster, Carroll County, includes a discussion of the board's April decision limiting opening prayers at public meetings to nonsectarian invocations.

The decision followed a federal court order barring the commissioners from opening meetings with overtly Christian prayers.

In a ruling this week, the Supreme Court approved of Christian opening prayers said by clergy at public meetings in the town of Greece, New York.

The high court decision prompted the federal judge in Baltimore to lift his restriction on the Carroll County prayers.

But, the plaintiffs in an underlying lawsuit say the Supreme Court ruling shouldn't apply to Carroll County, where the prayers are said by the commissioners themselves.

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