Part of a federal lawsuit against Franklin County for a past prayer policy has been dropped by the “secret” plaintiff, who the ACLU in its legal action identified only as “Jane Doe.” Relief no longer is being sought for future alleged violations because the county commission has changed its policy.
County Commissioner John Griesheimer for a period used prayers he wrote to begin meetings and the lawsuit alleged he used the words “Jesus” and the “Lord,” which the vast majority of Franklin Countians did not find offensive. We don’t doubt there are a few other “Jane Does” and “John Does” who did object. The ACLU stands guard over actions such as this, contending that civil liberties must be upheld, along with the Constitution, at all costs.
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