ACLU threatening to sue western Pennsylvania town over Lord's Prayer to begin meetings

The American Civil Liberties Union may sue a western Pennsylvania municipality because it opens its council meetings with the Lord's Prayer.

ACLU attorney Sara Rose tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( ) she's received a complaint from a Monroeville.

She says government-endorsed prayers violate the First Amendment, which courts have ruled bars governments from showing any kind of preference for a particular religion.

Mayor Greg Erosenko declined to comment, saying he'd have to consult with the municipality's solicitor, Bruce Dice.

Dice has said a Supreme Court decision allowing prayer at a New York town's council meetings makes it legal in Monroeville.

Rose says that's not accurate because meetings in Greece, New York, open with prayers from representatives of different religions.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,