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As you come through those doors then you become public officials, responsible for 135,000 odd people in Rowan County, and you speak as county commissioners, not private citizens. When you offer a prayer as public officials, you offer it to all 135,000 people, not just to the ones that are of your particular tradition in the protestant tradition. To do otherwise is to show disrespect or lack of respect for others in the county. By This is how resident John Burke responded to the Rowan County Commission in North Carolina after they opened a public meeting by praying in the name of Jesus Christ. The ACLU is suing.