Local clergy in Forsyth County, North Carolina are once again free to pray “in Jesus name” when offering invocations before county commission meetings. On Monday night, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a revised public prayer policy that allows “religious leaders” to offer the invocation “according to the dictates of their own conscience.” The vote marks the end of a legal battle that started with a lawsuit in 2007 and resulted in a federal district court injunction that prohibited sectarian prayer at Forsyth County Commission meetings for four years.
According to the revised invocation policy adopted by the Board on March 9, the clerk to the Forsyth County Board will publish a public notice “at least annually” in newspapers and on the County website inviting “all churches, religious congregations, and organized assemblies that periodically meet within the County for the purpose of worshipping or discussing their religious perspectives to identify a speaker to deliver invocations before regularly scheduled meetings…”
While the policy allows speakers to offer sectarian prayers, the public notice also includes a request from the Board that “the prayer opportunity not be exploited as an effort to convert others to the particular faith of the invocational speaker, threaten damnation, nor…disparage any faith or belief different from that of the invocational speaker.” However, the policy states that the Board will not review the content of individual prayers.
VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150
QUOTE: “A person who loves his job, will never work a day in his life.”
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