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Letter to the editor: No, I won’t stand in hallway while commissioners pray

Raspberries to my Rowan County commissioners, for ignoring our Constitution.

Let me be very clear: As a non-Christian, when you open every single meeting as you did on Monday evening, I am disenfranchised. I am silenced. I am proselytized to by my county board.

Where is my remedy?

In response to Phil Kirk’s letter of Sept. 27, in which he says, “ I would suggest those few liberals in Rowan County who oppose prayer to open governmental meetings do what I suggested many years ago … and stand in the hall until after the opening prayer …” I say to you, no thank you.

As a citizen of Rowan County who pays her taxes on time, votes regularly, does her best to stay informed of what is happening in her county, volunteers in her community, serves as an election worker, I refuse to be told to stand in the hallway before a public meeting, like some kind of poorly behaved child, because I am a non-Christian.

You want to behave like you live in a theocracy? There are many other countries from which you may choose to do so; America is not one of them.

— Teresa Rowell

Salisbury

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