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  • Religion and restraint [Editorial]

    Religion and restraint  [Editorial]
    It's a shame Carroll County's board of commissioners felt it had to hold a formal vote in order to prevent members from violating a federal court order against sectarian or denominational prayers at the opening of its meetings. Is it too much to ask for elected officials to act like grown-ups and not deliberately break the law? Apparently it is for some Carroll County board members, who seem unable to conduct the public's business without going on about their religious convictions as if they were in a revival tent.
  • Carroll commissioners vote to halt sectarian prayers

    Carroll commissioners vote to halt sectarian prayers
    A divided Carroll County board of commissioners voted Tuesday to no longer invoke Jesus Christ in prayers before government sessions, a measure one commissioner said “binds me to an act of disobedience against my Christian faith.” The...

    From the Basilica to the Vatican

    From the Basilica to the Vatican
    The call came to Baltimore's Basilica several weeks ago: President Barack Obama needed a gift to bring to Pope Francis on his coming visit to the Vatican. Might the basilica, the first Catholic cathedral in the U.S., have something? From a former crypt,...

    Carroll commissioner 'willing to go to jail' over right to pray

    Carroll commissioner 'willing to go to jail' over right to pray
    A day after a federal judge barred Carroll County commissioners from invoking Jesus Christ in their pre-meeting prayers, Commissioner Robin B. Frazier did just that — twice — saying she was willing to go to jail for her beliefs. “...

    A difficult balance [Editorial]

    A difficult balance  [Editorial]
    The principle of separation of church and state has been a pillar of American democracy since the country's founding, and most people think they know what it means. Yet in practice, the proper balance between freedom of religious expression and what is...