Here’s some fodder for debate, particularly for students in my news writing class:
A federal judge ruled Friday that Cobb County commissioners can continue to begin public meetings with prayers that invoke the name of Jesus Christ.
The American Civil Liberties Union had filed a lawsuit on behalf of seven people, arguing that references to Jesus amounted to an unconstitutional government endorsement of Christianity.
A judge rejected that argument.
Sam Olens, chairman of the Cobb County Commission, received word of the decision while traveling in China.
“We are thrilled,” he said in an e-mail. “Our policy of engaging all religious faiths is constitutional.”
The decision is the latest in a series of cases exploring the legality of prayers offered at public meetings. The courts have issued conflicting opinions.
The Atlanta Journal-Consitution chose to not mention the fact that Sam Olens, the chair the Cobb County Commission, is Jewish.
Was that a good decision? Why or why not?