Religion

Maryland Official Defies Court Order, Opens Meeting with Christian Prayer

| by Michael Allen

Carroll County, Md. Commissioner Robin Frazier reportedly defied a court order not to recite a Christian prayer during a meeting today.

The court order does not allow county commission meetings to include a Christian prayer, but Frazier is defiant.

“This is an infringement on my First Amendment rights of free speech and I think it is a wrong ruling,” Frazier told The Baltimore Sun.

“If we cease to believe that our rights come from God, we cease to be America,” added Frazier, who is willing to go to jail.

According to a press release by the American Humanist Association, the court injunction against the Christian prayers during meetings of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners was put into place by a judge yesterday.

American Humanist Association believes the Christian prayers violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and are an offense to non-Christians.

The board members are supportive of Frazier and said in a statement, "Within the next few months, the United States Supreme Court will be issuing a ruling on legislative prayer that the Board believes will supersede and overturn this temporary injunction."

In response, Monica Miller, an attorney with the American Humanist Association, stated in a letter to the commissioners: "She [Frazier] should understand, however, that any continued defiance of the court order will leave us with no choice, but to seek a contempt order."

Frazier showed no signs of backing down and stated today, "This might be a good opportunity to demonstrate how our founding fathers, and leaders all throughout our history, have upheld the idea that we are a nation based on biblical principles. We're one nation under God and I believe that's where our unalienable rights come from."

Sources: American Humanist Association and The Baltimore Sun