The judge may have prevented you commissioners from praying to Jesus Christ, but I want you to know that we, the citizens of Carroll County, are not gonna stand for it.
We are overruling Judge Quarles’ objection by offering this prayer on your behalf: Heavenly father, I stand here this morning and ask your blessing on our five county commissioners.... They have received a court Order from a misguided judge who forbids them from praying in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. This Order discriminates against Christians and is a gross violation of our commissioners’ First Amendment Constitutional rights. Therefore I ask you to bless their proceedings today and bless the case about Christian prayer before the Supreme Court and I ask for these blessings in Jesus’ name. Amen.While the court's injunction ran against the Board members, plaintiff in its Memorandum of Law (full text) argues that it also bars the prayer delivered by Holstein:
There is no question the Defendants had the authority to stop this person from delivering a prayer at their Board meeting. They also had the ability clarify to the public, after the prayer was delivered, that it was not endorsed or supported by the Board.The full text of the statements and prayers by both Commr. Frazier and Mr. Holstein are included in the Memorandum of Law.