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Sun Oct 1, 2017, 08:23 AM

Brevard Countys Exclusionary Prayer Practice Found Unconstitutional

Federal Court Says Fla. County Board Cannot Discriminate Against Non-Theists

A federal court last night struck down the Brevard County, Fla., Board of County Commissioners’ policy of excluding non-theists from giving opening invocations, a ruling that is being hailed by the groups that sponsored the litigation.

In its ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida said a local governing body cannot limit its invocation speakers to those from monotheistic religions.

“It is unconstitutional for any governing body to discriminate against people who don’t believe in God,” said Alex J. Luchenitser, associate legal director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and lead counsel in the case. “Yet that is exactly what Brevard County did through its invocation policy. We’re pleased that the court put an end to the county’s discriminatory practice.”

The Williamson v. Brevard County lawsuit was filed in 2015 by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida on behalf of multiple plaintiffs. It asserted that Brevard County’s rejection of atheists, humanists and other non-theists who sought to deliver solemnizing messages at the beginning of commission meetings violated the U.S. and Florida Constitutions.


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Mon Oct 2, 2017, 07:57 PM

1. So, if the county board had any brains they would just discontinue the practice

We used to start our city council meetings with the city manager stating "It is 7 o'clock on {date}" and away we went.

Or they could have someone announce "Play Ball" or something.

Why do these clowns think they need some prayer and that if there were a 'god' he, she or it would give 2 shits about what went on in Brevard county Florida?

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Tue Oct 3, 2017, 05:36 AM

2. all good questions

with no good answers

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