Group Asks Sevier Commission to Stop Lord's Prayer, Again

A group called Americans United for Separation of Church and State has once again asked the Sevier County Commission to stop opening its meetings by reciting the Lord's Prayer and to remove a picture of the 10 Commandments from a wall inside the courthouse. Lawyers for the group sent a letter to County Mayor Larry Waters and members of the commission on Oct. 3 demanding the commission comply within 30 days. Americans United maintains that the prayer and poster are a clear violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The group first complained in 2010 but the commission has continued the practice. Attorney Ian Smith says if there is no action in 30 days they will consider litigation. The Mountain Press has more