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US Supreme Court backs Christian prayer before government meetings

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Spartanburg Co. Councilman, O'Neal Mintz, pleased with U.S. Supreme Court decision on prayer. (May 5, 2014) Spartanburg Co. Councilman, O'Neal Mintz, pleased with U.S. Supreme Court decision on prayer. (May 5, 2014)

When customers walk through the door of Hardee's in Boiling Springs on Monday nights, they'll find more than a burger or soda on the menu to fill them up. In addition to a combo, requests were made for gospel songs to fill hearts and souls.

"I just, I love the gospel music," Bobbie Mintz said. "The words to the song means so much to me."

O'Neal Mintz is her husband and a Spartanburg County councilman.

"I served this country for the right to pray," O'Neal Mintz said.

And he's known for supporting prayers during council meetings.

"I feel like it should be everywhere. This country was founded on one God and that's the living God," O'Neal Mintz said.

Back in 2010, members with the group Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote a letter of complaint to Spartanburg County Council that prayers to Jesus Christ are unconstitutional and a violation of separation of church and state. However, on Monday, in another case in the town of Greece, NY, the U.S. Supreme Court backed Christian prayers during government meetings.

"They finally got something right," O'Neal Mintz said.

However, not everyone thinks so.

"They said it's OK for the government to show preference for the dominant religion in the area," Annie Laurie Gaylor said.

She's the co-founder of the group Freedom From Religion Foundation.

"We may go into state court in some states to stop sectarian prayer," Gaylor said.

But for O'Neal Mintz, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, like his Bible and his singing, is the gospel.

"For the Supreme Court, for the four that didn't rule on this they can find their answer right here if they just look for it," O'Neal Mintz said.

Even though the Supreme Court voted to back Christian prayers, the ruling also states it would be unconstitutional for a prayer to intimidate or try to convert non-believers. The Spartanburg County Council chairman said the council will keep their current prayer policy in place.

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