Prayer Goes On, Without Option To Leave

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Royal Ambassadors and Girls in Action youth groups from Bear Creek Baptist Church were making their yearly visit to the Davie County Board of Commissioners meeting last week.
As usual, members of the groups said a prayer in unison.
The difference was before the prayer.
Board Chair Robert Wisecarver didn’t ask that anyone “who might possibly be offended” by a prayer could step out of the room if they wanted. Earlier in the day, the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that official meetings could be opened with secterian prayer.
“It’s sad we have to be excited about that, but we are,” said board member, Mark Jones, who thanked Wisecarver for continuing to open the meetings with prayer while the Supreme Court case was being decided.
Wisecarver acknowledged the ruling at the end of the meeting.
“That was great news from the Supreme Court,” Wisecarver said. He then invited those at the meeting to a prayer on the courthouse steps.