Roanoke County is violating the First Amendment’s establishment clause with sectarian prayers at meetings.
We’re confident Roanoke County supervisors really don’t think they’re wronging anyone by inviting community clergy to deliver an invocation at the start of board meetings.
We’re also confident they are wronging someone who likely does not share residents’ majority Christian faith and has sought out the Freedom From Religion Foundation to intervene.
The county board would be wise to heed its advice and abandon the practice of opening meetings with sectarian prayer — or any prayer said aloud — to avoid another unnecessary First Amendment skirmish. The issue has been long settled by the courts, though, unfortunately, continually violated.