2 against public prayer tossed from meeting

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The Hamilton County Commission has ejected two men who are opposed to the body opening meetings with prayer.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Aaron Moyer was speaking during a public comment period Thursday when Commission Chairman Larry Henry told him to sit down. Moyer continued to speak and was escorted out of the chamber by a deputy.

The newspaper reported Tommy Coleman, who has filed a lawsuit to halt the prayers, was sitting quietly when he also was taken out of the meeting room.

Moyer said he was objecting to a commission decision to accept free legal representation from the Alliance Defense Fund in the lawsuit.

Coleman's lawyer said his lawsuit now includes violation of Fourth Amendment rights which guard against unreasonable seizure.

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