Judge Rules Forsyth County Prayer Pol...

Judge Rules Forsyth County Prayer Policy Unconstitutional

There are 90 comments on the Fox 8 WGHP story from Nov 9, 2009, titled Judge Rules Forsyth County Prayer Policy Unconstitutional. In it, Fox 8 WGHP reports that:

A federal judge ruled Monday that prayers referencing Jesus and other sectarian deities made before meetings of the Forsyth County Commissioners were unconstitutional.

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John Q Public

Chicago, IL

#1 Nov 9, 2009
I am all in favor of the offering of prayers...

That being said I also believe that if you allow Christians to offer prayers, especially in a government building, you are obligated to allow people of other faiths to offer prayers as well.
Be it Hindu, Muslim,Buddhist....

After all, that is what our country is founded on. Freedom of religion and freedom from religion.

Clemmons, NC

#2 Nov 9, 2009
For Joyner and Blackmon the day prayer was eliminated from schools the day this Country went in the hole that it will never get out of. Where do these left wing nuts come from? God Bless America and Jesus lives.

United States

#3 Nov 9, 2009
I say its time we get rid of the ACLU!
If these people don't like the way things are done in this damn country, tell them to go somewhere else, but this CRAP of them defending everybody that has a gripe about how things are done in the US has got to STOP!
The ACLU is un-constitutional!

United States

#4 Nov 9, 2009
John Q Public wrote:
I am all in favor of the offering of prayers...
That being said I also believe that if you allow Christians to offer prayers, especially in a government building, you are obligated to allow people of other faiths to offer prayers as well.
Be it Hindu, Muslim,Buddhist....
After all, that is what our country is founded on. Freedom of religion and freedom from religion.
But these IDIOTS think everything in this country should be done another way....AGAIN, I say get rid of those BASTARDS! What idiot politians brought them into this country to begin with?

High Point, NC

#5 Nov 9, 2009
First of all - to JohnQ - did you not read in the story where the Commissioners "send out 600 letters each year inviting ALL religions"? Well, it seems like nobody else wants to give the invocation! And, secondly, this is why our country has gone down the tubes. I certainly hope that Ms. Joyner and Ms. Blackmon and their attorney recognize the harm that they (and people like them) are doing to the American way of life.

Plymouth, MN

#6 Nov 9, 2009
Our country was founded upon freedom of religion. However let us not forget the pledge of allegiance, "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands: ONE NATION UNDER GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." ONE NATION UNDER GOD...not buddah, not allah, brahman, but GOD. I feel that christianity should be the foundation of our country and that prayers to God should be allowed any and everywhere, especially in schools, gov't buildings. As a country that is based upon freedom, we should respect others and their religions, but, it should not deter us away from our country's primary religion and the reason for which we stand, one nation under God. If we were to go to other countries, would they conform to our religion?-NO. Just because our country is founded upon freedom, should not mean we should have to compromise our foundation of this country. That is why our country is the way it is. That is why they are trying to take the 10 commandments off the walls of a courtroom, that is why they are telling us we cannot pray to God, but we can have a momment of silence. We have taken God out of government. God was the foundation of this government. We worry about what is popular and not what is right. That is why America is so much trouble.
John Q Public

Chicago, IL

#7 Nov 9, 2009
I stand corrected.

However the part about this is why our country has
"gone down the tubes" I disagree.
Personal accountabitly and the breakdown of the family has more to do with the shape we're in than
praying at the county comissioner's meeting.
John Q Public

Chicago, IL

#8 Nov 9, 2009
Mama of 2
FYI, The original pledge did not include the phrase "under God."

Coats, NC

#9 Nov 9, 2009
Ms Joyner and Ms Blackmon need our prayers.
lady k from winston

Mocksville, NC

#10 Nov 9, 2009
You know people left their homelands to come here and start anew because of facing religious percution...Now people want to completely alienate God from anything and everything. Why is one group of people (the ACLU) trying soooo hard to give up prayers before meetings? Are they afraid of something? That's why this Country is going down the toilet. These people desperately need our prayers! God Bless America!
A American

King, NC

#11 Nov 9, 2009
What is unconstitutional is they dont have the freedom and right to pray to who they want to pray to! Do we not have freedom of speech anymore? Is this not still "America"?

Winston Salem, NC

#12 Nov 9, 2009
We came here to practice freely, if their country's religion is so great why did they leave?
Angela Lexington

Lexington, NC

#13 Nov 9, 2009
I think that it is a sad day when people connot pray to the God we have always served and believe in. If people do not want to serve the God we serve, perhaps they should not come into a meeting or whatever the event may be. As we continue to leave God out of everything, the devil gets a foot hold. Beside, those other gods do not exist.God said, "We shall have no other gods before Him."
America is built on a christian foundation and we should go on building on that foundation by putting the Living God first, let the people who do not serve God, pray before they get to the meeting. Without God we can do nothing.

Graham, NC

#14 Nov 9, 2009
Why is it that free speech is for everyone but Christians? This individual who prayed was exercising his constitutional right to free speech as well as his right to freedom of religion. Has our country, which was formed one nation, UNDER GOD, gotten to the point that we will remove one's right someone doesn't like it? The Constitution was written for all Americans, not a select few. So, I am exercising my constitutional right to free speech, in declaring that the ACLU is dead wrong on this one. They have denied this individual's right to free speech. Can we as Americans finally stand up to the ACLU? They'll keep up these insane proceedings until enough fed up Americans say NO!

Mebane, NC

#15 Nov 9, 2009
That's right people we should beat everybody, especially our children, over the head with God and Jesus. We should force them to believe.

Angela---Prove to me that God REALLY said "We shall have no other gods before him". For that matter, prove that anything that the Bible says ACTUALLY comes from God. Oh wait, you CAN'T prove it. You people that quote the Bible blow my mind. You lose your arguement the second you do. I should start quoting Green Eggs and Ham to prove my points.

Mebane, NC

#16 Nov 9, 2009
"Wah Wah Wah, Christians are so persecuted, Wah, Wah, Wah nobody will let us pray."
"Snivel, Snivel, everthing is going down the toilet because everybody is not praying to Jesus"
This is why every decade the number of people who call themselves Christian decline in this country. Because people are tired of this whiny crap.
Lee Parrish

Campbellsville, KY

#17 Nov 9, 2009
The law says Congress shall pass NO laws concerning the establishment of religion..
This is very wrong to take prayer out of our Government.
What freedom do we have left.? Leave the prayer in contact.
Tell the ACLU to take it up with the ACLJ.
L Campbell

Charlotte, NC

#18 Nov 9, 2009
It seems to me that the government is trying to take Jesus out of EVERYTHING! Even CHRISTmas! Prayer in a court proceeding doesn't violate the 1st amendment. Taking away the right to pray does. This country was founded on Christian values. These prayers give honor to our ancestors. As long as no one is forced to participate in the prayer, then I don't see why anyone would feel their rights were violated.
Robin Denny

Greensboro, NC

#19 Nov 9, 2009
Personally I am offended by the ACLU's attacks on our freedoms. I stand firmly with the Forsyth County Commissioners and their decision to pray to God and His Son, Jesus Christ. America is a Christian nation!

Rocky Mount, NC

#20 Nov 9, 2009
"Separation of church and state" is not even in the constitution. That phrase came from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson 15 years after the constitution was written.

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