Lincoln County, North Carolina, Chairman Carroll Mitchem reportedly walked out of a meeting during a Muslim invocation on Aug. 3. Mitchem told WBTV in May he didn't want any prayers at board meetings unless they were Christian prayers (video below).
"I ain't gonna have no new religion or pray to Allah or nothing like that," Mitchem stated at the time.
After community outrage, Mitchem took back his statements, but appeared to back them up by walking out as Duston Barto, of the Foothills Interfaith Assembly, was about to read from the Quran.
In response to Mitchem's behavior, Commissioner Alex Patton called for a ban on prayers at county board meetings to avoid incidents that disrespect religion. Patton was the board member who originally proposed opening the invocation up to all religions in May, notes WSOC-TV.
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The board voted 4 to 1 to change the prayer to a moment of silence; Mitchem was the dissenting vote.