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Delaware's Cape FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 - MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2011 Federal court to Oecide if county council'S practiceis constitutional By Ron MacArthur ronm@capegazette.( "Congress shall m an establishment of the free exercise the freedom of speech, om ake no law respecting "eligion, or prohibiting reof; or abridging the )r of the press; or the REHOBOT DOZENS right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." - First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Sussex County's defiance of requests to stop saying the Lord's Prayer to open meetings is headed to federal court next year. Oral arguments are due to be pre- sented in January 2012 in U.S. District Court. On June 30, Americans United for Sepa- ration of Church and State filed a lawsuit on behalf of four Sussex County residents who say the prayer is sectarian and un- constitutional because it promotes the Christian religion over all others. The case has drawn intense interest in the Cape Region and beyond. Readers of this newspaper have taken stands on both H JAZZ FEST CELEBRATES 22 YEARS OF ACTS DELIGHT AT AUTUMN EVENT sides of the issue through a series of let- ters to the editor. Sussex Tech High School student Shel- by McBroom defended council's policy, saying the practice cannot be con idered unconstitutional because separation of church and state is not found in the U.S. Constitution. "The fact that Sussex Coun- ty Council is being sued for praying is a direct contradiction of everything Ameri- ca stands for," she wrote. One of the litigants in the case, W'flliam Continued on page 14 A FAVORITE OF player Rick Braun REI" OBOTH JAZZ FES'I' award-winning trumpet 15 at the convention cen- RON MACARTHUR PHOTO ter. Jazz fest spanned five days; Oct. 12-'16, and featured many sold-out con- certs as well as performances at restaurants and bars throughout the region. See more jazz festival photographs on pages 92-95 CAPE SPORTS Viking freshmen football sinks Lake Forest, 20-6 plo6 PR|MENOOK BEACH Residents watch as elements close in P4. INLET BRIDGE Final concrete pour marks a milestone for IR span P4 CANCER RiSK State announces new study on carcinogens near IR plant Pie INDEX Arts & Entertainment 79 Business & Real Estate 37 Community Calendar 98 Cape Life 56 Classifieds 109 Obituaries 26 School & Education 100 Sports & Outdoors 102 The price of liberty is eternal vigilance' 61111!!!!!ilU!LI!Uilrll