Rowan Co. residents support commissioners having sectarian prayer
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ROCKWELL, N.C. — Letters are pouring in to the Rowan County Commission, most of them are in support of the commissioners opening their meetings with Christian prayers.
However one couple is taking their support a step further. They are offering to donate their own money toward legal fees if a lawsuit ensues.
"I think it's an injustice," said David Maurice.
For weeks, Maurice and his wife have been following news coverage of the controversy between Rowan County Commissioners and the ACLU. The ACLU made the request in February when they sent a letter to the board stating opening government meetings with sectarian prayer were in violation of the First Amendment.
"This mess has been going on long enough, it's time to get things back the way it should be," said David Maurice.
With commissioners continuing to pray to Jesus at subsequent meetings, a lawsuit is a growing possibility. David Maurice, a retired construction worker, is willing to help pay for it.
"Every little bit helps I'm sure," said David Maurice.
David Maurice and his wife Carol Maurice pledged their support in an email to the board stating: My husband and I will donate money to help fight the organization that wants to stop prayer before the comissioners meeting. If it goes to court please contact us.
Carol Maurice, works as a group home manager. She said they can't give much but would hope to have the help of others who feel the same way.
"I think any little bit helps, if everybody would group together it would help a lot," said Carol Maurice.
David and Carol Maurice say have nothing against other faiths, but they are willing to start with $100 towards a resolution.
The ACLU's legal director said they have yet to decide on filing a lawsuit against Rowan County.