Michigan County Wins Court Challenge Over Christian Prayers

By Ed White, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) – A federal appeals court is backing a Michigan county in a dispute over Christian prayers at public meetings.

The court says the practice of Jackson County commissioners offering Christian-only prayers doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution. The court says commissioners just happen to be Christian and aren’t promoting one faith over others.

The case was heard by the entire 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court upheld the opinion of a Detroit federal judge in a 9-6 decision Wednesday.

A local resident, Peter Bormuth, sued, saying he felt compelled to participate in religion just to speak at meetings.

It’s possible that the dispute may go to the U.S. Supreme Court. A different appeals court said Rowan County, North Carolina, officials violated the Constitution with Christian prayers.

© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Watch & Listen LIVE