Amicus Brief

Lund v. Rowan County (U.S.C.A. 4th Circuit, 2015)

At issue in the case are the opening prayer practices at public meetings of the Rowan County, N.C. Commission. Based on the record in the case, the opening prayers are given by County Commissioners on a rotating basis and are exclusively Christian. Furthermore, in many instances residents attending meetings are asking by Commissioners to join in the prayer. ADL's brief argues that these practices violate the minimal legislative prayer requirements set forth in the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Greece v. Galloway decision and coerce religious worship in violation of the Establishment Clause to the First Amendment.