ACLU questions Gov. Haley's participation in weekend prayer rally

Published: Jun. 12, 2015 at 4:22 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Officials with the North Charleston Coliseum are expecting a capacity crowd Saturday, ahead of an event called The Response, a gathering of people from across the country who will pray and fast for America.

Among the expected guests is South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, whose attendance raised questions with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of South Carolina.

The group filed an open records request with the office of the governor, seeking information on the degree to which taxpayer money and other government resources were used to plan and promote Gov. Haley's participation.

In a statement, ACLU of South Carolina Executive Director Victoria Middleton said the group respects the diversity of belief systems in public life, "but prayer is an act of worship, not an act of governance."

The group is seeking a response within 15 business days.

Gov. Haley's press secretary Chaney Adams responded, "Being that the ACLU purportedly exists to protect American's civil liberties, one would think they'd be more supportive of Governor Haley choosing to exercise her freedom of religion."

The Response is a free event,  and is expected to begin at 10:00 AM, lasting until 4:00 PM.  Parking is $5.

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