While Americans United for Separation of Church and State wants
leaders of a Tennessee county to stop praying the Lord's Prayer at
their meetings, one attorney suggests it's a clarion call for
Christians to stand up and be counted.
founder Mat Staver tells OneNewsNow that Americans United has
issued a letter [PDF] to the Sevier County
Commission, arguing that the Constitution requires them to halt the
"Now they're threatening the county in Tennessee,
saying that they need to stop preferring the Christian faith over
other perspectives. But certainly these organizations, these
entities, these governmental agencies have the ability to open up
meetings with prayer," Staver contends.
"We've done that from the very beginning. Every congressional
meeting opens with prayer, and it's been that way from the very
beginning of America."
The attorney adds that state legislatures and other local
government bodies do the same.
Americans United, which claims its dedication to ensuring
"religious freedom for all," is also demanding that Sevier County
remove from the public eye a poster that features the Ten
Commandments and other religious images.
"Now this is a situation where I think that we've got to come to
a point where we just stand up and say enough is enough of these
radical groups trying to rewrite our history and erase Christianity
and Judeo-Christian values and images from the public square,"
He concludes that if anyone local actually objects to the prayer
and the poster, Americans United probably "had to search under
every rock and leaf in the county find him."