The ACLU has targeted a Virginia county over the prayers used to open meetings at the county’s board of supervisors meetings. According to the ACLU, the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors begins its meetings with prayers that “are consistently Christian in nature; that is, they explicitly refer to Jesus Christ.”
The ACLU has sent a letter to the members of the board of supervisors claiming that the prayers are a clear violation of the First Amendment and asking them to “cease the practice immediately.” The ACLU suggested that if the supervisors wanted to continue beginning their meetings with prayer, they “must adopt and implement a policy requiring that all opening prayers be nonsectarian – that is, that they not advance any particular religion.”
Thankfully, the supervisors aren’t going down without a fight. Rather than be intimidated and silenced by the anti-religious forces at the ACLU, the Pittsylvania Board of Supervisors is standing its ground.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Tim Barber has told local news outlets that the prayers in Jesus’ name will continue unless the county gets a court order forcing them to stop. According to Barber, “Sometimes you have to stand up for what you believe in and fight for it. That’s what I think this fight is about. It’s not going to be about politics. It’s what you believe.”
Chairman Barber also said the board of supervisors is prepared to fight the ACLU’s challenge in court.
Read the full ACLU letter here:
And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (NKJV)