Rockingham Co. school board votes against having public prayer

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EDEN, N.C. — The Rockingham County school board has voted against opening its public meetings with a prayer in a 7-3 vote on Monday night.

The Greensboro News & Record reported that the vote ended a month of heated discussions. Board member Leonard Pryor resigned May 1 over the issue.

Chairwoman Nell Rose, Vice Chairman Hal Griffin and board members Amanda Bell, Wayne Kirkman, Elaine McCollum, Lorie McKinney and Bob Wyatt voted against it.

“Our forefathers recognized the danger in having a government endorsing any particular religion,” Griffin said, according to the paper. “We are a government body.”

Board members Josh Austin, Ron Price and Steve Smith voted for the motion.

“There is nothing we can do without God’s support, his blessing,” Price said.

The paper reported that several community member attended Monday’s meeting, with several speaking out in favor of prayer.

The school board currently starts meetings with a moment of silence. Price asked the board last month to consider opening with a prayer instead.

Read full story: The Greensboro News & Record

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