08/11/11 – OneNewsNow.com - A federal appeals court ruled in favor of two Forsyth County residents who sued in 2007 after a meeting was opened with prayer in the name of Jesus. (See earlier story) But Debra Conrad, vice chair of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, tells OneNewsNow there is nothing to support the complaint that most of the county’s prayers are Christian.
“We have had individuals from all different denominations of Christianity, as well as other religions that are not Christian. So we’re not defending any particular faith,” she explains.
And Conrad believes the board is fighting for freedom of religion and freedom of speech in taking their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“They should be able to pray to whatever deity of their choice, because otherwise, the prayers would basically be just ‘to whom it may concern.’” [It's] not a real, legitimate prayer if they’re not being honest with their own words,” she reasons.
Commissioners voted this week to permit the Alliance Defense Fund to pursue an appeal on their behalf.