Saturday, August 13, 2016

Carolinians Challenge Atheists with Lord's Prayer

Americans United for Separation of Church and State plans to sue the Berkeley County School District based in Moncks Corner, South Carolina because the Board has voted to ignore the atheists' threats and continue a years-long practice of opening board meetings with the Lord's Prayer.
“We’re Americans, aren’t we? Looking back at where our nation began we cannot, cannot as a nation forget we have a God and all that we do we must acknowledge that. Let’s continue to do the right thing … there’s nothing wrong with public prayer as long as we do it in accordance with the law.”
-- Julius Barnes, board member
For background, read North Carolina Citizens Demand Prayer in Public School and also read Prayer at South Carolina School Board Won't Stop

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Atheists Threaten Florida School Board over Prayer

Kentucky School Supt. Backs Prayer vs. Atheists

Texas School Supt. Tells Anti-prayer Atheists to Go Fly a Kite

Public Brings Amazing Grace Back to Alabama School

Also read Atheists Say Even a Prayer for Terror-victims is Unconstitutional

-- From "SC school board moves to reinstate Lord's Prayer" by The Associated Press 8/10/16

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the school board gave initial approval Tuesday after dropping the use of the prayer earlier this year. The board has been using a moment of silence instead.

State Sen. Larry Grooms sent the board a letter signed by 50 state lawmakers citing a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision reaffirming the right to pray at public meetings. Gov. Nikki Haley last month signed a state law allowing school boards the right to open meetings with prayer.

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From "School board moves to reinstate prayer at meetings" by Lindsay Street, The Berkeley Independent 8/9/16

Despite receiving a letter the day before its meeting saying prayer at school board meetings violates the U.S. Constitution, Berkeley County School District’s school board has unanimously voted for the first of two readings on a policy that would bring prayer back to the beginning of its meetings.

The policy states:

“The public invocation will be non-sectarian and non-denominational, and will not proselytize for or advance any one or disparage any other, faith or belief. The public invocation is for the benefit of the Board, but no member of the Board, or any other person, attending, the meeting, will be required to participate in the public invocation. The public invocation will be offered on a voluntary basis by a member of the Board selected by the Board Chair or his/her designee.”

During the Aug. 9 meeting, the board members lauded the new policy.

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From "Berkeley school board gives OK to initial reading to reinstate prayer" by Brenda Rindge, Charleston Post and Courier 8/9/16

In July, state Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Charleston, sent a letter to board members — signed by 50 legislators — citing a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Town of Greece v. Galloway, which reaffirmed the right to pray at public meetings. Additionally on June 3, Gov. Nikki Haley signed an amendment to the Public Prayer and Invocation Act that includes a school board as being as a “deliberative body” with the right to open meetings with an invocation.

“I appreciate everyone’s hard work on working through this policy in light of the threats we’ve gotten,” said board member Mac McQuillin, a lawyer.

“It took courage for us to do this motion and I’m proud.”

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Also read Prayer Banned in Washington Town — Nobody Cares

And read Satanic Clubs in Public Schools to Counter Jesus