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Pastors' opinions split on state religion proposal

Published On: Apr 04 2013 05:02:55 PM CDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. -

North Carolina lawmakers have filed a resolution asserting that the state rejects federal court rulings that regulate the establishment of religion.
    
Two Rowan County lawmakers proposed the resolution in a filing Monday, along with 10 co-sponsors. Their proposed resolution says the state would refuse to acknowledge the authority of federal courts' rulings on religion in North Carolina or rulings on any constitutional issue.

"It would be a wonderful thing if Christianity could be... the religion of North Carolina," said Billy McLawhorn, pastor at Mountain of Mercy Church, near Ayden.
    
Chris Brook of the North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union says it's unfortunate the state is re-litigating issues that have been fully resolved for centuries.

Gun Lee, a pastor for a Korean congregation in Pitt County, is also opposed to the proposal.

"This is not the right way, this is not Jesus' way to share the good news with other people," Lee said.

Republican Reps. Carl Ford and Harry Warren sponsored the bill. They didn't immediately returned calls from The Associated Press.
    
The ACLU has sued Rowan County because it says the board of commissioners opens its meetings with explicitly Christian prayers.

WTVD reported Thursday that House Speaker Thom Tillis' office said the resolution will not go any further in the House.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.