(WECT) - Chris Brook, legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina, appeared on WECT's News Now to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court declining to review a federal judge's ruling that the Rowan County commissioners' prayer practice was unconstitutional.
"This is really about treating everyone fairly, treating everyone as you would hope to be treated," Brook said. "It's also about insuring that the government doesn't use the power that they have to tell people in the audience that they're beliefs are right or wrong on a matter as important as religion or as spirituality."
In May 2015, a federal district court ordered the commissioners to cease opening meetings with a coercive, sectarian prayer and requesting that public join them in prayers that advanced one faith. A chaplain has since continued to lead the commissioners in prayers not directed at the public.