Sectarian prayer before county commissioners meeting violates First Amendment
A federal magistrate concluded Monday that opening a board of commissioners' meeting with sectarian prayer violates the First Amendment.
Magistrate Trevor Sharp issued the recommendation in the case of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners' meetings. The magistrate's recommendation carries no legal weight, other than offering guidance to the federal judge who will make a final ruling.
Sharp noted that the invocations frequently referred to Jesus or Jesus Christ, and said such prayers "display a preference for Christianity over other religions by the government."...