2 Thessalonians 3:1-3 “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.”
A lot of Christians fail to realize that there really ARE “unreasonable and wicked men” that want to stop the Gospel, and deny us our right to pray in Jesus’ Name, even in public. But there are. And, we need need to pray that “the Word of the Lord may have free course.” It is especially sad, to me, that right here, in good ol’ North Carolina, such a monsterous thing could come about! PRAY! (In Jesus’ Name!)
Supreme Court Rejects NC County ‘Jesus’ Prayer Appeal
“The United States Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a North Carolina county government regarding a lower court decision barring sectarian prayer at its meetings.
The Board of Commissioners for Forsyth County, N.C., will not be allowed to appeal a decision by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals against its prayer policy. Although the decision still allows prayers at the board’s meetings, they must now be nonsectarian.
‘I am very disappointed in the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to deny review of our prayer lawsuit,’ said Debra L. Conrad, vice chair of the board, to The Christian Post.
‘No elected official ever gave a sectarian prayer. We had an open door policy.’
Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel David Cortman, who was one of the attorneys representing Forsyth County, said that the Supreme Court’s decision would result in less inclusiveness rather than more.
‘The irony is that the Fourth Circuit’s decision will now result in the exclusion of many people with devout religious belief simply because of the way they pray,’ said Cortman.
In 2007, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Forsyth County Commission on behalf of Forsyth residents who said they were offended by hearing prayers that referenced Jesus Christ or other deities.
By a vote of two to one, a three judge panel agreed in 2011 with a district court’s ruling against the board’s prayer policy.
Joe Conn, a spokesman for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, told CP that the Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the case was not surprising since it “only takes a small fraction of the cases that come before it.”