Anti-prayer case dismissedCharlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 8/8/2010 4:15:00 AM
Two women who filed a lawsuit to block prayer at city council meetings have been told not only did they lose the case, they can never refile it.
Judge Ewing Werlein, Jr. has thrown out a lawsuit against Houston over city council prayer. Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of Liberty Institute, represented Houston in the lawsuit filed by Kay Staley and Ray Hill, two non-believers.
"They not only sued the city council, but they actually sued Councilwoman Anne Clutterbuck for saying the Lord's Prayer to begin the council meetings," the attorney reports.
Staley has gained previous recognition for suing for the removal of a Bible from a memorial display on the county grounds. Even so, the two were forced to agree with the court's dismissal of the lawsuit.
"The case was not only dismissed, but with prejudice. In other words, they can never refile this," Shackelford explains. "It's a huge victory for religious freedom."
The attorney also points out that similar complaints are not uncommon. "There are lawsuits like this around the country that are trying to scrub any reference to God in the public square, and they attempt to deny our religious heritage in this country and the religious freedom that this country was built upon," the Liberty Institute president laments.
So he concludes the loss in Houston was a heavy one for the pair who filed the case.