When a hurricane is heading your way, you might think it’s a good time to say a prayer.
But if you’re the Governor of South Carolina and you hold that prayer before a press conference, you may just get sued.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is threatening legal action against South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, saying he violated the constitution by praying before press conferences during Hurricane Dorian.
'This is a governor abusing an office to promote his personal religion. This is Christian nationalism and it is a plague on American society,' said Andrew Seidel, constitutional attorney for the foundation.
Seidel said they won’t hesitate to pursue legal action against the governor if he ever prays before a press conference again.
'We would urge the governor to get off his knees and get back to work. There’s a lot of work to be done in South Carolina that doesn’t need to be prayed over,' he said.
The Governor’s office has said that it won’t back down releasing a statement to WCNC that says in part, “For every person who may get offended, countless South Carolinians likely gain strength, guidance, and comfort from these prayers.”