Clerk adds 'so help me God' option to oath

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. A suburban Detroit clerk has added a reference to God in the township's oath of office following a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on Christian prayers at the start of government meetings.

The Detroit News reports Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot won approval from the board of trustees to give officeholders the option of ending their oath with "so help me God." Grot notes that the phrase is a common conclusion to other oaths.

On Tuesday, Grot swore in Laura White, a part-time clerk typist.

In May, a narrowly divided Supreme Court upheld decidedly Christian prayers at the start of local council meetings, declaring them in line with long national traditions though the country has grown more religiously diverse. That case stemmed a community in upstate New York.


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