Apparently there is no freedom of speech, and no freedom to practice religion, when you are a county commissioner in Carroll County, Maryland. At least that’s the set of rules federal judge William Quarles Jr. sought to impose in a ruling earlier this week. Judge Quarles, in response to a complaint from the American Humanist Association (of course) ordered commissioners not to offer any sectarian prayers that would mention Jesus or any other “specific deity”.
Commissioner Robin Frazier had other ideas:
The commission as a whole has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and seems confident Judge Quarles’s decision will be overturned (as it should be).
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