Appeal Filed in Hamilton County Prayer Suit

The two men who sued the Hamilton County Commission for allowing prayer before public meetings have filed an appeal after a judge dismissed their request for a preliminary injunction. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports U.S. District Court Judge Harry S. “Sandy” Mattice ruled that not enough time had passed since the commission’s enactment of a new prayer policy, which was intended to show that the meeting invocations were inclusive of other faith traditions. The plaintiffs called the new policy a “sham.”