The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation is challenging prayers in the North Carolina General Assembly that it says favor Christianity.

On Thursday, the ACLU said it sent a letter to North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper outlining concerns about the use of sectarian prayers to open meetings at the Legislature.

The ACLU said “several legislators and members of the community” had contacted it about the use of prayers which are “explicitly sectarian and favor one religion, Christianity.”

“We recommend that you adopt a policy to ensure that the NCGA halts the practice of opening sessions with sectarian invocations,” wrote Katy Parker, Legal Director of the ACLU-NCLF, in today’s letter to Attorney General Cooper. Parker pointed out that “the NCGA is still permitted to open its sessions with a prayer, so long as the prayer is nonsectarian.”

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