The Sussex County Attorney has asked those attending Council meetings not to recite the Lord’s Prayer as a protest against a court ruling that bars council members from leading the room in prayer.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that at the June 19th council meeting several audience members stood and recited the Lord’s Prayer while the council members stood silent.
The paper reports that some said they came to the meeting specifically to protest the judge’s ruling.
But County Attorney Everett Moore asked the audience not to repeat their behavior since the mere silence by the council during the recitation of Lord’s Prayer could cause individual members to be held in contempt of court.
Four Sussex County residents sued the county last year for opening the Council meetings with a recitation of the Lord’s Prayer.
It’s a practice that goes back years.