Monday, March 15, 2010

Americans United Warns Tuscaloosa County About Sectarian Prayers

According to their press release, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned members of the Tuscaloosa County Commission (Alabama) to abide by the state’s records-request law or face the consequences.

More than a year ago, attorneys with Americans United wrote to the County Commission requesting documents related to the county officials’ practice of opening its meetings with sectarian prayers. There has been no response.

Americans United believes the commission’s prayer practice may be unconstitutional and has requested more information about it. Under state law, county officials are required to provide the information AU seeks “on demand.”
The initial Americans United investigation started after Tuscaloosa County residents complained that government officials were leading sectarian prayers.

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