Greensboro, NC -- The fight over prayer at Forsyth County Commissioner meetings is over...at least for now.
The US Supreme Court declined to hear the case yesterday, so the appeals court ruling that predominantly Christian prayer violates the first amendment is law.
WFMY News 2 thought you'd want to know who's behind this fight - and where they get their money.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU):
The ACLU represented Forsyth County residents who were upset about the board's prayer policy. The ACLU is a nonprofit organization. All its money comes from donations, taking no money from the government. They employ nearly 200 staff attorneys nationwide, and thousands more lawyers volunteer. There are 7,000 members in North Carolina.
The organization will recover attorney fees in Forsyth by petitioning the court. Civil rights statutes allow the recovery of attorney fees if you win a case on civil rights grounds.
The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF):
The ADF is a non-profit ministry whose money comes from donations. They represented the county at no charge for them to fight for the right to pray in Jesus' name. It has 40 staffers and 2,000 volunteer attorneys nationwide.
ADF is headquartered in Arizona and have regional offices nationwide.
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