Michigan court rejects pagan man's legal challenge over Christian prayers

A federal appeals court in Michigan has rejected a legal challenge presented by a pagan man who objected to local commissioners' practice of reciting Christian prayers during their meetings.

(REUTERS / Joshua Lott)A woman prays at Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church near Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman opened fire on school children and staff in Newtown, Connecticut December 14, 2012.

Peter Bormuth had sued Jackson County and claimed that he felt obligated to worship Jesus Christ in order to take part in government. He demonstrates this by not standing when prayers are recited during meetings. However, he believes his stance on the issue will block his appointments on a public works board and a solid waste committee, The Associated Press relayed.

On Sept. 6, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Jackson County commissioners, who