Saturday, April 07, 2007

Scholars Analyze Defenders of Sectarian Government Invocations

Today's Winston-Salem Journal carries an interesting article analyzing the highly emotional debate in Forsyth County, North Carolina, over the sectarian invocations that have traditionally been offered at county commission meetings. Last month, the county commissioners were sued to end the practice. Bill Leonard, the dean of the Divinity School at Wake Forest University, said that attacks on sectarian prayers are attacks on the prestige and majority status of Protestants. Duke Divinity School professor Curtis Freeman agrees, saying "It's all about maintaining cultural control."