In Alabama, Presiding Covington County Circuit Judge M. Ashley McKathan has long been criticized for his insistence on practice religion and law at the same time. Now, he is being cited for ordering 100 people to form a “circle of prayer” and then dropping to his knees in prayer in his courtroom.
This extraordinary scene occurred in a conference with parties in a lawsuit over church records, including members of the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church and other lawyers and spectators.
McKathan appears unwilling to comply with basic principles of the separation of church and state. He was criticized in 2004 for wearing in a robe to court with the Ten Commandments stitched in gold on the front.
Of course, he could coordinate his prayer session with Scott County Associate Judge Christine Dalton in Iowa who sentences defendants to church services as creative sentencing, click here
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