SALISBURY, N.C. - Lawmakers in North Carolina are seeking to step over the separation of church and state.
Two Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill that would allow North Carolina to declare a state religion.
It all started from a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union over county board meetings that started with Christian prayers even though some members are not Christian.
By declaring a state religion, lawmakers would avoid any federal action against prayer in public forums.
Supporters say they are allowed to declare a state religion because of the Tenth Amendment right to sovereignty. But the ACLU disagrees on the interpretation.
Should states be allowed to declare an official religion?