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Americans United Lawsuit Challenges Sectarian Prayers At Delaware County Council Meetings

President-Led Recitation Of The Lord’s Prayer Shows Unconstitutional Preference For One Faith, Watchdog Group Charges

A Delaware county council’s insistence on opening meetings with Christian prayer violates the U.S. Constitution and sends the message that non-Christians are second-class citizens, according to a lawsuit filed today in federal court by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group, is challenging the Sussex County Council’s long-standing practice of opening each of its meetings with a recitation of the Protestant version of the Lord’s Prayer, led by Council President Michael H. Vincent.

“The council was elected to represent all of the county’s citizens, Christian or otherwise,” said Ayesha N. Khan, Americans United legal director. “By persistently sponsoring this Christian prayer, the county council has publicly aligned itself with a single faith.

Read the original article at: Americans United

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