“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16
In the issue of legislative-led prayer, the Supreme Court declined to hear the case Rowan County v. Lund. Justice Clarence Thomas, issuing a dissent joined by Justice Gorsuch, argued plainly the Fourth District turned its back on history and precedent, “For as long as this country has had legislative prayer, legislators have led it.”
Justice Thomas pointed out the cost of not taking up the case, “Thus, the Sixth and Fourth Circuits are now split on the legality of legislator-led prayer. State and local lawmakers can lead prayers in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan but not in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, or West Virginia. This Court should have stepped in to resolve this conflict. I respectfully dissent.”
Please pray for a resolution in the future that favors this time-honored and constitutionally protected freedom as the NCLL continues our fight.