More than 1,000 attend prayer rally in Salisbury - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken News, Weather, Sports

More than 1,000 attend prayer rally in Salisbury

Posted: Updated:
SALISBURY, N.C. -

More than 1,000 people attended a prayer rally before the Rowan County Commission meeting in Salisbury.

The group sang patriotic songs and hymns before the meeting Monday night. 

The American Civil Liberates Union sued the commission in March on behalf of three people who complained commissioners were alienating members of the community by opening their meeting with a prayer for a specific religion.

Commissioner Mike Caskey opened Monday's meeting with a prayer that ended with the words; "I ask this in his name, who is above all other names." Caskey did not use Jesus' name in the prayer.

A Forsyth County-based group called Return America organized the rally to support the Rowan commission's practice of praying before its meetings.

Dr. Ron Baity, a pastor and president of Return America, says he told the commission that if the right to pray is lost in public, people will next attack prayer in churches.

Baity told the crowd, "We sent a great message today for the cause of Jesus Christ."

He said the organization may ask the crowds to return to commission meetings before November, when the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on prayer before governmental meetings.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:00:14 GMT
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
  • Man charged with killing UNC professor had just left Wake Jail

    Man charged with killing UNC professor had just left Wake Jail

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:14:57 GMT
    Derick Davis II, 23 (Left) and Troy Arrington, Jr., 27, (Right)Derick Davis II, 23 (Left) and Troy Arrington, Jr., 27, (Right)
    An Orange County dispatcher sounded shocked Wednesday afternoon when a 911 caller described finding University of North Carolina professor Feng Liu beaten and dying on a street near the UNC campus.
    An Orange County dispatcher sounded shocked Wednesday afternoon when a 911 caller described finding University of North Carolina professor Feng Liu beaten and dying on a street near the UNC campus.
  • DOT fixes sign for new 485 flyover that spelled Pineville wrong

    DOT fixes sign for new 485 flyover that spelled Pineville wrong

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:40 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:40:30 GMT
    Thursday morning the Department of Transportation officially opened a ramp from Johnston Road to I-485. The flyover ramp opened around 5:15 a.m.
    Thursday morning the Department of Transportation officially opened a ramp from Johnston Road to I-485. The flyover ramp opened around 5:15 a.m.
Powered by WorldNow

1336 Augusta West Parkway
Augusta, GA 30909

Telephone: 706.722.6664
Email: talkback6@wjbf.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.