Reno Commission Won't Reinstate Christian Prayer

By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher
By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ Despite pleas to reject a complaint from a national group, the Reno County Commission will not reinstate sectarian prayer before its meetings.

The commission on Tuesday asked County Counselor Joe O'Sullivan to draft a new policy on prayers at meetings. The move comes after the Americans United for Separation of Church and State objected to the tradition of ministers offering prayers before the meetings.

The Hutchinson News reports most Commission members favor asking professionals to offer nonsectarian prayers. If no minister or speaker is available, a commissioner could say a prayer or ask for a moment of silence.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State told the commission last month that it had received a complaint about the prayer tradition.

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