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Samuel A. Alito
Judge bars Carroll commissioners from invoking Jesus
Judge bars Carroll commissioners from invoking Jesus

The Carroll County commissioners must stop opening their meetings with prayers to Jesus Christ, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, a decision that comes amid a national debate over the limits of religious observation by public bodies. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. granted the preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by residents who say they feel excluded by the practice. Though the ban is temporary pending the outcome of the case, Quarles wrote that he believes the plaintiffs are likely to win. The judge said the commissioners can continue to seek divine guidance at meetings but must not refer to deities linked to any specific faith. The issue of public prayer continues...