I read the first one and said: "well of course they have to pray in their public meetings! They can't be bothered to find the time in their personal schedules too."
Seriously, freedom of religion and separation of church and state are two of the founding ethics of this country. You can believe anything you want, but what you personally believe has no place in the public offices, public meetings, courtrooms or campaigns. If you have friends in your congregation voting for you then good for you, but any fool knows religion has nothing to do with politics, not in this country.
Say your prayers before your meetings in the privacy of your office, I'm sure you can find the thirty seconds or whatever it takes to do that before you have a meeting.
Having met some of the folks in question.. Rowan, Cabarrus Counties are where my family is originally from, it's not as cut and dried to them as you'd think. It's the way they were raised, and taught. It's not all 'forcing things on others'.. it's the way they were raised..and let's be frank.. part of it is strking back on things that have radically change for them in the last 3 decades or so. A LOT of things have changed..and parts of North Carolina and growing more and more open..but the folks who lived there for ..well.. hell my family has been part of those counties for.. shit.. going on THREE centuries. It's culture shock..and finding out that you're losing ground to the new..and some folks are scared.
Let's be honest.. there are a lot of progressive types out there that are just as much 'my way or the highway' as the tea party is from the other side. How would you like to hear that your way..the way you were raised isn't the 'right way' and be told that you are a bad person for respecting your heritage or history..
Folks have pride..and you have folks come in and spit on your beliefs, family and history and try to push things so far and so fast.. you get blow back.
And let's be frank.. a lot of folks are feeling a bit shit upon. I was home visiting when the progressive bishop from California came in and started chaging things without even talking to the church staff or the lay worshipers. Changing budgets, shifting priorities..pushing his agenda without presenting any of the reasons. (My way.. or the Highway).
Do I agree with the splash back moves like the OP posted about? No. I don't.. but I understand some of the concerns that allow the petty tyrants jump on to get control of government and such.