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Wilmington pastor reacts to Supreme Court ruling on prayer

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Johnson tells us he is pleased with the ruling but still thinks a non-sectarian prayer is the best way to go as to not offend people of different beliefs. Johnson tells us he is pleased with the ruling but still thinks a non-sectarian prayer is the best way to go as to not offend people of different beliefs.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

A local pastor is sharing his thoughts on the Supreme Court's ruling to allow Christian prayers at the start of public meetings.

By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court justices ruled Monday that sectarian prayers do not violate the Constitution. The only catch is that prayers must not denigrate non-Christians.

Reverend Wayne Johnson Sr., from St. Stephen African Methodist Episcopal Church gave the invocation at Monday night's New Hanover County Commissioners meeting.

Johnson said he is pleased with the ruling but still thinks a non-sectarian prayer is the best way to go as to not offend people of different beliefs.

"I try to be respectful of everyone," said Johnson. "I think I will remain on neutral ground but in local churches I will always say in Jesus name we pray, Amen."

Johnson is also known to deliver the opening remarks at Wilmington City Council meetings.

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