The delivery of Christian prayers prior to county government meetings is a tradition that won't dissipate anytime soon, as long as some Lincoln County commissioners have their way.
In response to a question concerning Rowan County, which was recently ordered by a federal court judge to cease its pre-meeting prayers, Lincoln County Board of Commissioners chairman Carrol Mitchem said that not only will invocations remain in Lincoln County, but that he would see to it that no non-Christian prayers are delivered on his watch.
"A Muslim? He comes in here to say a prayer, I'm going to tell him to leave," Mitchem said. "I have no use for (those) people. They don't need to be here praying to Allah or whoever the hell they pray to. I'm not going to listen to (a) Muslim pray."