FrazierCARROLL COUNTY, Md. – A Washington-based humanist group has petitioned the federal court to find county commissioners in Maryland in contempt and fine them $10,000 per prayer for continuing to allow prayers in Jesus’ name despite a court order. As previously reported, U.S. District Court Judge William D. Quarles, Jr., who was appointed to the bench by then-President George W. Bush issued a preliminary injunction last week against sectarian prayers by Carroll County Commissioners in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Humanist Association (AHA). The group had asserted that the Christian invocations violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which declares that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” More