Roanoke, Va. — Stop praying in the name of Jesus or prepare for a lawsuit. That's the warning more and more local governments in our region are getting.
This time a national equality group is targeting the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors.
The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors received a letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation based in Wisconsin last month.
It told the board prayer at a government meeting is quote "unnecessary, inappropriate and divisive."
Tuesday afternoon the board went along with its plans.
"The request didn't come out of Roanoke County, it didn't come out of Virginia, it came from somebody in Madison, Wisconsin. That bothers me I'm sorry," said Supervisor Joseph Church.
Tuesday afternoon the board held its first meeting since the request.
But instead of protesters or signs, the board conducted normal business.
Lawyers with the Freedom from Religion Foundation say the complaint was made by a person who regularly attended the meetings.