Officials Defy Court Rulings Banning Exclusive Prayers in S.C.

August 9, 2004

Source: AP

On August 9, 2004 AP reported, "Some local government leaders in South Carolina are continuing to pray to a specific god at meetings, despite a federal appeals court ruling that such religion-specific prayers are unconstitutional. Charleston County Councilman Tim Scott described the ruling as part of a continuing attack on Christianity, and he said he hopes his council will fight back by including Jesus in its prayers. 'We've had Christ-specific prayers even since the ruling,' Scott said. 'We are at war in defining what Americans believe on a values basis.' A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the Great Falls Town Council no longer could invoke the name of Jesus at government meetings. The precedent-setting ruling ends a centuries-old tradition in some states and applies to government meetings in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland."